This week we covered strategies for working with reluctant teachers, how one coach successfully prepared for a transition into a coaching role, ways to get teachers over feeling stuck in old practices, and more!
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"If you are heading into a new school, it is always important to gain an understanding of the current culture and school-wide goals. Always remember slow is fast! You have to build relationship and gain understanding before you can truly make a difference! You will be working side by side with the principal, so it is EXTREMELY important to build that relationship."
"The most important component is, hands-down, building a strong relationship. . . . Emotional intelligence is often included in the catch-all term “soft skills.” Soft skills reflect how you work, communicate, and problem solve as a part of a team. Interpersonal skills play a key role in this. Once you see the ubiquity of relationships, everything fades in significance."
"The teachers who don't want you around might not know what support you can provide, so you may have to reintroduce yourself and your services. . . . Add value to things teachers do. Make relevant suggestions. Help them think through tough situations. Provide quality PD. Show that you care. Give them the tools they need. Help them figure out how to use the tools they have."
"I don’t know many people who would say they are actively seeking change in their lives, who ask for it, want it, embrace it. Change just isn’t a cozy concept. . . . Instead of being in the change business, how about if we coaches consider ourselves to be supporting the process of becoming? What are you striving to become? What do the teachers you work with want to become, professionally? Who do they want to be as an educator?"
"It is critical to connect with other teachers in your school. This can be challenging, simply due to time. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with lesson planning, grading, and all the other aspects of teaching, but taking the time to associate with your colleagues has several benefits. . . . We all need someone to remind us that tough times do not last. Your colleagues can provide that encouragement."