Should Coaches Take Notes During Visits?

Alison Newby addresses a common question among instructional coaches on when and how to take notes during a coaching visit. Although it's often a case by case basis, confidentiality and other facts must be considered when making the decision.

TeachBoost continues to learn and share experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches through our "Your Coaching Toolbox" and "First Year as a Coach" series. If you're looking for additional coaching articles sent straight to your inbox be sure join our weekly coaching newsletter!

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

5 Ways to Continue Growing as a Coach

Kristin Van Deman, instructional coach from Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, graciously shares ways she has continued to grow as an instructional coach and how you can too!

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

Using Video to Advance Coaching

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Tonya Moody, Instructional Coach in Westfield Washington School District in Indiana, highlights her experiences of using video to advance professional learning, create meaningful reflections for growth, and model best practices for teachers.

For more posts from instructional coaches, for instructional coaches, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series, "Your Coaching Toolbox," or read previous posts from the chapter, "First Year As a Coach."

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Techniques for Providing Powerful Feedback

Rabecca Hester, instructional coach at Boyertown School District in Pennsylvania, shares her acquired techniques for building relationships, developing instructional focus, and using questions to drive feedback with her coachees.

If you're looking for additional coaching posts from your peers, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series, Your Coaching Toolbox, or read previous posts from the chapter, First Year as a Coach.

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Watch Our Coaching Talk Webinar to Learn about Support Coaches Need to Be Effective!

Ellen Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), and Dan Kreiness, instructional coach from Derby Public Schools in Connecticut, covered must-have support for instructional coaches to be effective within their organization in February's Coaching Talk webinar.

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

Learning how to Make Coaching Personalized

Kelli Coons, instructional coach from Spartanburg County School District One in South Carolina, shares the importance of personalizing professional development within your coaching rolepart of our new chapter in the "Your Coaching Toolbox" series, "First Year as a Coach."

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The Power of Goal Setting

Everyone uses goals at some point in their personal or professional lives—big or small, intentionally or unintentionally. While the bigger ones are often written down on a sticky note or saved somewhere, the most powerful features of setting goals are unfortunately often lost. When a goal is measurable, personalized, trackable, and approached with a growth mindset, it is most able to serve as a vehicle for accomplishing anything and focusing on these qualities can make any goal much more successful.

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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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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