Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 14: April 3, 2020

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Weekly Coaching Roundup - April 2020 (Half) (Seasonal)

Learn how reflecting on your daily practices and actions can lead to a bit more consistency in your day-to-day, discover some tools to help communicate better remotely, find out how to set yourself up for continuous growth as a coach, read some tips for coaching with confidence, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Consistency Is Key

Vicki Collet asks coaches to reflect on how they can be more consistent in their daily practices and actions.

"There's a saying about not knowing the value of something until you lose it. Now that we have lost consistency in many aspects of our lives, we see its value with more clarity. . . . Consistency requires the ability to look at long-term benefits and stay focused. The more consistent we are in how we think, talk, and act, the more we will be able to accomplish."

Fostering Connectedness During Remote Learning

Rachelle Dene Poth offers a few suggestions of digital tools educators can use to stay in-touch with friends, families, and students.

" The biggest area we need to focus on first and to be consistent is in communicating. . . . When we shift to remote learning, and this is something that I experienced in my own work as a student, we lose out on social interactions. If we are interacting solely by exchanging ideas through writing in an online space, without any opportunity for audio or video interactions, it makes it more difficult to connect."

Rules for Surviving Remote Learning

Pam Hubler provides five ways to stay sane while working from home.

"When I'm home, it's much harder to keep up with time. I need my digital reminders so I don't miss any important meetings! . . . Things are changing so quickly right now, you don't want to stress yourself out by planning too far ahead and realizing those plans have to change."

Doing What's Right, Not What's Popular

Ellen Eisenberg talks about difficult coaching conversations and why they shouldn't stop coaches from engaging teachers on their areas of strengths and needs.

"I think we all fall into the category of wanting to be so helpful that we forget there are goals for change that need to be attained. . . . It means that instructional coaches should be personable, friendly, respectful, sensitive, and a host of other attributes. But it also means that instructional coaches need to help teachers identify which practices need to be strengthened and subsequently changed in order for student outcomes to shift. And, this can't be done by being likeable. Sometimes, those difficult conversations must be initiated."

Coach with Confidence

Kathy Perret shares the benefits of working with a virtual coach as a way to grow your IC practice on your own and at your own pace.

"Instructional coaches empower and inspire teachers around the globe every day. They co-plan lessons and units with teachers, model instructional techniques and they serve as a second pair of eyes gathering important data so teachers can make informed decisions on next steps. . . . Yet, instructional coaching can feel like an isolated field. Often an instructional coach is a singleton – possibly the only coach in the school."

5 Tips for Leveling Up as a Coach

Elena Aguilar and Lori Cohen emphasize the significance of continuously mastering your skillset and growing as an IC. Bonus: watch their video for role-play tips! 👍

"There are so many ways to improve your coaching–and just like teaching and leading–the more we can hone our practice, the more skilled we'll be. . . . Leveling up as a coach grows your impact."

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