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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"Trying to keep
the delicate balance between my roles has increased the intentionality of my actions and also affirmed the importance of finding strength in unity through relationships, empathy, and collaboration. . . . As a coach,
this included intentionality creating time and space to connect with colleagues—both in-person or virtually."
"The 3-tiered Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) methodology has been
an integral instrument for promoting positive student behavior and feedback in our school for the last ten years. At the beginning of each year, we use PBIS strategies to remind students of the school's expectations. Then, at the year midpoint,
it's used to provide reteaching of specific areas where necessary and students are rewarded for their performance."
"Shifting the language and the focus of the recommendation can make it easier for a teacher to gracefully receive suggestions.
To soften the language of a recommendations, avoid using the word you. Although
you feels great in a celebratory statement, it can be rather finger-pointing as part of a recommendation.
An easy way to avoid you when suggesting a change in practice is to put the focus on students."
Learners of all ages benefit greatly from trial-and-error practice. They expand their capacities and build confidence as they learn about what works and doesn't. . . . Before we can improve the approach to mistakes and feedback,
we must consider the preconceived notions, habits, beliefs, and patterns of behavior that we all – school leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers – bring to the table."
"While you are finishing up your personal goals with your teachers, you want to make sure you end the year with a final PLC meeting.
This PLC meeting should focus on fun activities that you and your colleagues can do together instead of focusing so hard on the more serious business. You can do this by having the PLC focus on reflection."
"PD in a (fill in the blank) flips the script on professional development.
Instead of sitting and getting, teachers move, grab and laugh, all while learning something new and introducing them to new ideas. Just fill in the blank with a fun method of learning, package it for busy teachers and then connect to later professional learning initiatives and classroom coaching."