February 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

The groundhog may have brought some bad news earlier this month, but your friends here at TeachBoost have something that may cheer you up: the topic articles from February's weekly coaching roundups. 👍 Learn five techniques for making the most of online instruction, how you can showcase your impact as an IC, a few strategies for building relationships with teachers (beyond chocolate 🍫), the benefits of digital coaching menus, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Must Reads, Building Relationships, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Time Management, Coaching Invitations, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Coaching Menus, E-Learning, Remote Work, Impact

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 6: February 12, 2021

This week we learned the value of curiosity in conversations, how you can showcase your impact as an IC, a few different approaches to coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Methodologies, Social-Emotional, Feedback Forms, Coaching Menus, Self-care, Impact, Evidence

January 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

2021 is off to a safe start here at TeachBoost, and we hope the same for you! Let's wrap up January with the top articles of the month from our weekly coaching roundups. Learn how one IC and his team created a look-fors framework built on his org's shared vision of high-quality instruction, why sharing feedback with your teachers may need to wait until you can sit down together, why the six levels of listening are fundamental to coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Feedback, Must Reads, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Coaching Roles, Coaching Choice Boards, Look Fors, Frameworks, Proactive Coaching, Teacher Badges

7 Essential Questions to Kick-start Your Instructional Coaching

Allison Peterson, IC at Westminster Academy and founder of the #NewtoCoaching Community, shows how to use Michael Bungay Stainer's 7 Essential Questions to guide your coaching conversations.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Questioning Techniques, Conversations, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Teacher Empowerment

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 1: January 8, 2021

Happy New Year and a big welcome to 2021! Indulge in the first Weekly Coaching Roundup of the new year to learn how you can shift your coaching focus from reactive to proactive with coaching "launchpads," how one organization made a look-fors framework built on a shared vision of high-quality instruction, when authentic praise matters most, and more! Enjoy 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, New Teacher Support, Coaching Conversations, Virtual Coaching, Crisis Skills, Authenticity, Look Fors, Frameworks, Proactive Coaching

Shift from Reactive to Proactive Coaching with Coaching Launchpads

Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, shares how coaching launchpads can help shift your focus from reactive to proactive coaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Crisis Skills, Remote Coaching, Proactive Coaching

Coaching with Compassion

Megan Harding, educational consultant in Omaha, NE, explores ways that coaches can cultivate compassion for themselves and those they work with, and how important it is now more than ever.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Meetings, Empathy, Compassion

Adapting to Coaching Changes by Working with Ego

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused educators to abruptly change their routines and practices to meet the shift toward distance learning. Fiona Hurtado, instructional coach, reflects on what she's learned during the pandemic and how it's shaping her approach to coaching moving forward.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Vulnerability, Ego-Envy Effect, Crisis Skills, Coronavirus

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 15: April 10, 2020

This week we learned why affirmation and acknowledgement fosters strong coaching relationships, a few quick tips for remote coaching, the value of vulnerability and trust between a teacher and coach, and more. Enjoy! 🐰

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Topics: Product, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Newsletters, Building Relationships, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Conversations, Self-reflection, Reflection, Vulnerability, Virtual Coaching, Communication, Affirmation, Distance Learning, E-Learning, TeachBoost Coach

The Importance of Building Relationships with New Teachers

Are you a coach looking to hit the ground running with new teachers? Paige Bergin, instructional coach in Oklahoma, shares how she focuses on building relationships with new staff right away, and some tips to make that easier.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Student-Focused