Use Play Cards to Elevate Coaching and Teaching

Have you ever been compared to an athletic coach? Ashley Taplin believes there are some similarities between athletic coaches and ICs, and has even taken a play from their "playbook" by creating a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Methodologies, In-the-Moment Coaching, Play Cards

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 19: May 14th, 2021

This week we learned how to boost teacher confidence through micro-coaching cycles, a 4-step cycle for gathering and analyzing coaching feedback, a few tips for coaching outside your content area, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Feedback, Coaching Roundup, Video, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Self-reflection, Difficult Conversations, Goals, Inquiry-Based, Feedback Forms, Compassion, Micro-Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 17: April 30, 2021

We wrapped up the last week of April by learning about the 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry, a day in the life of an instructional technology coach, why principals can benefit from coaching, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Growth Mindset, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Reflection, Coaching Roles, School-Wide Goals, Appreciative Inquiry

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

A Day in the Life of a Student Learning Coach

Ever wonder what a typical day looks like for an instructional coach? Well look no further! Julie Nelson, student learning coach at Westgate Elementary School near Chicago, Illinois, walks through a day's work in her ever-changing role and the many hats she wears. 🎩

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Learning, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Roles, Co-Planning, Student-Focused, Distance Learning

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 46: November 13, 2020

This week we learned from Shelby Denman and Kaila Albright about how to identify and cope with teacher stressors, a few tips for practicing mindfulness, the mindset of a humble leader, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Overwhelmed, Coaching Traits, Stress and Anxiety

Crafting Your Coaching Approach

Katie Biggs and Hanna Schramm, who support and develop the instructional coaching program for Comal ISD in Texas, explore three ways to hone your craft by building relationships, diversifying your toolkit, and empowering educators.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership, Trust, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Communication, Growth Plans

How to Set the Right Kind of Goal for Your Coaching Cycle

Samantha Shields, an Early Literacy Specialist in Round Rock, Texas combines elements from both Jim Knight and Diane Sweeney's work to help you set the right kind of goal with your teachers, every time.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Engagement, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Social-Emotional, Goals

June 2020 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

June not only wrapped up the 2019-20 school year but also brought the official start of summer! ☀️ Check out the top articles from June's Weekly Coaching Roundups to learn how you can step up your approach to virtual coaching, tips for checking in with teachers remotely, a few foundational must-haves of coaching programs that work, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Feedback, Must Reads, Teacher Tricks, Classroom Management, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Support, Communication, Coaching Choice Boards, Remote Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 14: April 3, 2020

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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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Professional Growth, Social Media, Time Management, Loneliness, Difficult Conversations, Virtual Coaching, Communication, Organization Tips, Distance Learning, E-Learning