July grilled up a smörgåsbord of coaching articles this month! Enjoy the top articles from the past few weekly coaching roundups below and learn about the loneliness of coaching, some reflections from a year of coaching, how to make coaching a collaborative effort, and more.
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Learnings From My First Year as an Instructional Coach
"I learned this year that I need to better communicate with the staff as a whole and with individual teachers as I work with them. [...] Be sure to explain your role, remind teachers throughout the year of how you can help them, and explain expectations with each individual teacher."
Big Lessons From a Year of Coaching: Stop Talking and Be Fearless
"I am so grateful to be a witness to the learning that my clients experience, to be present with their vulnerability and struggles and successes. Of the many things that I do in my professional life these days, coaching remains at the top of the things that give me great satisfaction. [...] We guide."
"Coaches are still somewhat of a rare species in the educational landscape, however, and despite our teaching heritage we've evolved into something that is often difficult to describe to others and, at times, even to ourselves. Although there are advantages of being a coach, it can actually feel pretty lonely at times, but it doesn't have to be."
"Offering feedback is a way to show that I care about teaching and learning and about the teacher. I want to help those I am working with to grow and develop, make better decisions, solve problems, and learn new skills."
"The now-common experience of coaching impact on leaders is igniting interest in learning coaching skills. [...] It's time for everyone, not just leaders, to grow faster to avoid burnout and keep up, or even get ahead, of external forces of change."