My First Coaching Session

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TeachBoost continues to learn—and share—experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches in our new chapter in the "Your Coaching Toolbox" series, "First Year as a Coach."

Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach from Lake Zurich CUSD95 in Illinois, shares the importance of effective communication within a coaching meeting, making a habit of empathizing with others, and how to grow your professional learning network.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, First Year as a Coach

Knight vs. Bambrick: Which Model Best Suits Yours?

When starting off as a coach, it's difficult to gauge exactly how, and how much, to support your teachers. Coaches often go straight from the classroom, where they are used to directly managing students, to their coaching role of supporting adult learners. In that transition, how do you decide the level of input you provide vs. what a teacher provides? How do you help guide them to the strongest levers of action in their classroom while helping them work towards their self-identified goals?

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Watch Our Coaching Talk Webinar Recap and Learn How to Begin Your Coaching Journey! 

Ellen Eisenberg, experienced coach and mentor, and recently transitioned coach, Kristy Louden, cover what it takes to successfully launch a coaching role from the ground up.

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Topics: Webinar, Instructional Leadership, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

Establishing my Coaching Role With the School Leadership Team

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Jason MacDonald, instructional coach from Alberta, Canada, shares his 3 tips for establishing a coaching role with the school leadership team and how to address teacher-coach confidentiality.

For more posts from instructional coaches, for instructional coaches, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series entitled: "Your Coaching Toolbox".

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, First Year as a Coach

Creating a Coaching Role Within my School

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TeachBoost continues to learn—and share—experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches via our new chapter in the Your Coaching Toolbox series entitled, First Year as a Coach.

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Kristy Louden, first year Instructional Coach from Hoover City School District in Alabama, reflects on her first year as a coach and what it's like to build a coaching role from the ground up.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, First Year as a Coach

Having Difficult Coaching Conversations

Ellen Eisenberg, returning guest blogger from the Pennsylvania Institute of Instructional Coaching (PIIC), shares her acquired skills for having difficult conversations as a coach and tips for a successful debrief with teachers.

For more posts from instructional coaches, for instructional coaches, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series entitled: "Your Coaching Toolbox".

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Personalizing PD: Moving Beyond "Sit and Get"

Dr. Kristin Schulze, instructional coach from Greenville School District in South Carolina, shares six of her tips for personalizing professional development to more effectively develop teachers and gain buy-in beyond compliance.

For more experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches visit our original series, "Your Coaching Toolbox": resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

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Active Listening: One Mouth, Two Ears

TeachBoost continues to learn—and share—experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches for our series, "Your Coaching Toolbox": resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

Instructional Coach, Dana Kramaroff, from Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania, shares a few of her frequently used open-ended questions during her coaching sessions to allow for the teacher to expand on their responses—leading to self-reflecting learning.

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Supporting Teachers Through Instructional Coaching Cycles

TeachBoost continues to learn—and share—experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches for our series, "Your Coaching Toolbox": resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

Shawn Churchill, Instructional Coach at Anderson High School in Indiana, shares her experiences using instructional coaching cycles with her teachers and the power of co-teaching to model instruction.

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The Beauty of FAILure

TeachBoost continues to ask instructional coaches what tools they include in their instructional coaching toolbox as part of our series, "Your Coaching Toolbox"—resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

Joy DeFors, our returning guest blogger, was thrilled to share the "beauty of failure" when working with teachers as an instructional coach and how to use it as a means of feedback and growth.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox