Indulge in the top articles from August's weekly coaching roundups below and learn about tips for new instructional coaches, navigating difficult conversations, the causes of coaching reluctance, how coaches prepare for a new year, and more.
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Say This, Not That: Growing as an Instructional Coach
"The coaching cycle [...] It's a best-practice approach to working with individual teachers, honoring that they are learners in their own place in a learning process and valuing that we are all constantly growing."
"One of the most important things teachers can do in the first few weeks of school, is get to know their kids. [...] And the same is true for coaches working with teachers. Get to know the teachers you’re going to work with, like really get to know them."
"During my first year as an instructional coach (within a newly-adopted coaching model), I found myself involved in–and sometimes facilitating–many difficult conversations. Perhaps surprisingly, these difficult conversations were rarely with the teachers I am responsible for coaching. [...] More often, the difficult conversations I found myself in happened when collaborating with peers, other colleagues or administrators."
"To support that person in becoming unstuck, we need to explore what is beneath the surface to learn what motivates them, engages and excites them, their values, needs, and their identity as an educator."