Q&A: What if a Coach Doesn't Have Enough to Do?

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Lindsay Deacon and Angela Scotto Harkness, authors of The EduCoach Survival Guide, asked their coaching peers on Twitter how they spend their "free time" during the workday, and what advice they would share with others who find themselves looking for things to do. ⌛ 

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QUESTION FROM THE FIELD: What if a coach doesn't have enough to do? What advice would you offer?

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Margaret Harris-Shoates reflects on her values to clarify her role: 🤔

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I'd start by reflecting on my values as an educator / coach and using those core values to clarify my role. What matters to me, and how does that manifest in what I do every day? (Ironically, this is the same thing I'd suggest for coaches with TOO much on their plates.)

Greg Jung suggests building resources to share with your teachers:

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Create templates that are ground in effective teaching strategies and share with your teachers. Sometimes a simple thing like a new template idea can get you into the door of a teacher!

Teresa Engler did not hold back with ways she (and you!) can stay busy!

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✔ Build relationships with a daily check-in✔ Informally meet with Ts to catch up on what they are using in the classroom & what they may need for the coming weeks✔ Hold a Lunch & Learn to introduce new tech tools✔ Participate in a book study✔ Earn badges/micro credentials

Paul Hanmann finds new ways to check-in to get his foot into his teacher's rooms:

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Start inviting yourself into classrooms, but in a systematic way.

"Hey—I want to see what Social Studies is up to these days! I'll be stopping by this week if you're okay with that—if you're not, send me an email and I'll not go to your room. Just checking in!"

Erin Kiger encourages taking a moment to lend a helping hand: ✋

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Start asking how they can help... smallest of things - bathroom breaks, to the biggest of things - grading papers or pulling small groups. Anything to support teachers.

Jennifer Johnson uses it as an opportunity to get back into the classroom by co-teaching:

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Ask teachers who you have good relationships with to teach an upcoming lesson in their room or cover their class while they get extra planning. Keeps you in touch with teaching and lessons but also get you bonus points!

Mrs. Clary says to use the time to learn new things and take a crack at sending out weekly newsletters:

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Replying to @edu_survival

Always be learning! There's so many resources out there to learn from when you have some "downtime." Podcasts, articles. Sit in on teacher plannings/PLCs and see what you can do to help. Create a weekly newsletter to send out with resources for teachers.

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