We've harvested the top coaching articles from October's weekly coaching roundups! Read below to learn about inquiry-based coaching cycles, extending coaching invitations, rules for instructional coaches, wearing a coaching at as a principal, and more.
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"Coaching through inquiry allows teachers to focus on developing a specific practice, strategy, or protocol to help solve a challenge in the classroom. . . . Teachers who participate in inquiry learning don't just feel supported, they will be able to specifically describe concrete improvement that took place in their students, as well as themselves."
"Teachers get busy, and stressed, and overwhelmed, and sometimes getting excited about working in a coaching cycle is the last thing on their minds. . . . Consider how you'd like to structure your coaching cycles throughout the year. How many rounds will you do? How many teachers can you work with in each round? Also consider teacher needs. Send your invitation out well before you'd like your next cycle to start. Give them some time to process your invite, and respond."
"The magic ingredient a skillful coach brings is expertise in facilitating in others the process of increasing self-awareness and self-responsibility, leading to the ability to vision and then undertake change. . . . Some of the most entrenched barriers hindering effective coaching efforts are those relating to deep-rooted attitudes."
"When you're working with adult learners, use many of the same strategies you used with kids—scaffold the learning, chunk it, and use a gradual release of responsibility. Modify your tone and approach, of course because adults don't like to feel infantilized, but use many of those same strategies because they work on big and little people."
The Benefits of Creating Your Own Coaching Newsletter
"What's important to remember is you know your audience best. If you see patterns or trends as a coach, then try to address them specifically to reach a broader audience through articles or inspiration in the newsletter that will resonate with a current need. Always remember to try and find balance when sending out the newsletters so teachers aren't overwhelmed and end up clicking it into the trash."