Use Play Cards to Elevate Coaching and Teaching

Have you ever been compared to an athletic coach? Ashley Taplin believes there are some similarities between athletic coaches and ICs, and has even taken a play from their "playbook" by creating a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Methodologies, In-the-Moment Coaching, Play Cards

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 23: June 11th, 2021

This week we learned a four-step guide for creating a personalized PD plan, a few misinterpretations of coaching and how you can handle them, tips for organizing end-of-year reflection conversations for teachers, and more!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Goal Setting, Trust, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Self-reflection, Communication, Student-Focused, Teacher Empowerment

Create a Personalized PD Plan with This Four-Step Guide

ICs spend their days supporting the growth of educators, but who does the same for them? Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, believes that coaches can guide their own learning through her four-step processes built on self-reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Goal Setting, Mentors, Self-reflection, Reflection, Checklists, Coaching Surveys, Youtube

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 22: June 4th, 2021

Welcome back! We started June by learning 11 apps to promote home-to-school connections, a few remote coaching and teaching strategies that your peers plan to continue using when they return to in-person learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Growth Mindset, Classroom Technology, Empathy, Video Coaching, Professional Growth, Coaching Support, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Remote Coaching, Summer, Teacher Empowerment, Online Tools, Home-to-School Connections

Tools for Promoting Home-to-School Connections

Rachelle Dene Poth, teacher and edtech consultant in Pennsylvania, highlights five ways and 11 tools you can close the home-to-school gap and build relationships with your students' families.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Video, Classroom Technology, Communication, Student-Focused, Online Tools, Home-to-School Connections

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 21: May 28th, 2021

We wrapped up the last full week of May by learning three tips for balancing your dual role as teacher and coach, a district's practiced techniques for supporting SEL, four out-of-the-ordinary PD designs, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, PD, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Coaching Conversations, Social-Emotional, Coaching Hat, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Making Coaching Fun, Self-care, Frameworks

May 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We've got a huge crop of coaching articles this month from Weekly Coaching Roundups, and we handpicked the top ones just for you! 🌷 Read on to learn a 4-step cycle for collecting and analyzing coaching feedback, a few helpful tips for leaders looking to build trust and credibility within their organization, three ways to use Google Jamboard to promote positive reflection and celebrate success with teachers, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Must Reads, Building Relationships, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Empathy, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Communication, Coaching Traits, Google Jamboard, Appreciative Inquiry, Micro-Coaching

How One Iowa District Put SEL on Center Stage

Tina Halverson, PK-12 instructional coach in Iowa, highlights a few of her district's  techniques with social and emotional learning to help meet the needs of all of their students while keeping their emotions front and center.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Self-reflection, Reflection, Social-Emotional, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Sensory Rooms, Success Teams

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Starting Your Coaching Journey

Being handed the reins to coaching can be both exhilarating and frightening. Luckily, many folks have made the transition already and have pointers to share with you! Read on to learn how you can successfully start your coaching journey.

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Goal Setting, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Support, Loneliness, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Coaching Needs, Roundup Topics

3 Tips to Balance Your Roles as Teacher and Coach

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Indiana, reflects on three themes that have sustained her this year in her new dual role as both teacher and coach, and how they'll guide her work in the future.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Reflection, Coaching Hat, Responsive Coaching, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Teacher Appreciation, Self-care