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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 2: January 15, 2021

This week we walked through a day in the life of a student learning coach, explored the six levels of listening and why they're fundamental skills for all ICs, learned a few additional benefits when educators collaborated with their peers, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Teacher Observation, Feedback, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Collaboration, Listening Skills, Coaching Roles, Virtual Coaching, Crisis Skills

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

A Teacher-Centric Approach to Technology Integration

The rollout of technology is never an easy task for organizations, especially when they are forced to do it quickly due to a pandemic. Greg Jung, IC from Dickenson Public Schools in ND, was eager to share his blueprint for technology integration and the six-step coaching cycle process he put together for a successful rollout.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, edtech, Questioning Techniques, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Coaching Roles

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 37: September 11, 2020

This week we learned how ICs can ease back into coaching after an absence, a few classroom discussion tips for engaging students, ideas for developing and maintaining relationships with students remotely, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Relationships, PLCs, Classroom Management, Coaching Roles, Student-Focused, Leave of Absence

Taking a Leave of Absence: Planned, Unplanned, and How to Return

Life happens and sometimes we need to take a step back from our professional lives to focus on our family and health. 👨‍👩‍👦 Lindsay Deacon, instructional coach from Oregon, shares a few tips for ICs who need to take a leave of absence and how to ease back into coaching on their return.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, Coaching Roles, Coaching Plan, PD Boxes, Leave of Absence

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 35: August 28, 2020

This week we learned the value of using shared language to help define the role of an IC, a few ways coaches can support newly-virtual teachers, how one school shifted their culture to become a model PLC school, a framework for lesson planning that empowers students, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, New Teacher Support, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Roles, Practice Profiles

Defining Coaching: a Tool for Busting the "Unicorn" Myth

"Is that what I think it is? It's an IC!" Joseph Kanke, statewide coaching coordinator in Wisconsin, makes the case for using shared language to better define the role of the coach, help make them more accessible and approachable, and support coach growth at the organization level.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Roles, Coaching Plan, Practice Profiles

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 31: July 31, 2020

This week we learned a few techniques for building relationships remotely, two areas teachers should focus their planning on to be more student-focused, some tips for coaching from afar, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Coaching Roles, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 29: July 17, 2020

This week we learned how you can package up PD to go, why some coaches coach and how they explain their role, all the benefits that arise when teachers and students work together over time, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Classroom Management, Personalized Coaching, Professional Growth, Coaching Roles, PD Boxes, Teacher Looping, Growth Plans