3 Tips to Balance Your Roles as Teacher and Coach

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Indiana, reflects on three themes that have sustained her this year in her new dual role as both teacher and coach, and how they'll guide her work in the future.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Reflection, Coaching Hat, Responsive Coaching, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Teacher Appreciation, Self-care

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 18: May 7th, 2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 👩‍🏫 We started off May by learning how to use Jamboard to promote positive reflection, a few ways ICs can address their emotions when working with teachers, how to celebrate successes through virtual or physical documentation panels, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Relationships, Collaboration, Social-Emotional, Self-awareness, Making Coaching Fun, Coaching Traits, Fun, Google Jamboard, Online Tools

Using Jamboard to Share and Celebrate Success

Violet Christensen, instructional learning coach in Longmont, CO, shares three ways to use Google Jamboard to promote positive reflection and celebrate successes with her teachers.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Self-reflection, Virtual Coaching, Making Coaching Fun, Fun, Self-care, Google Jamboard, Online Tools

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

April 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

April brought beautiful spring weather and a fresh batch of articles from our Weekly Coaching Roundups that we handpicked just for you! 💐 Read on to learn two reflection questions that have impacted one IC, the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle forward for disciplined collaboration, a few tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans, a six-step approach for sorting through data, and more. Enjoy! 😁

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Topics: Feedback, PD, Must Reads, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Learning Walks, Data, Coaching Surveys, Data-Driven Strategies, Fun, Lesson Plans, Achievement Teams

Build Trust and Improve Team Collaboration with Appreciative Inquiry

Mia Pumo, author and co-founder of Constructive Learning Design, explores the 5-D cycle of Appreciative Inquiry and shows how you can use it with your team to lay a solid foundation of communication and collaboration.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Collaboration, Trust, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, School-Wide Goals, Growth Plans, Appreciative Inquiry

Paving a Better Way for Lesson Plan Feedback

You've heard of classroom walkthroughs, but what about lesson plan walkthroughs? Rachel Wyatt, Secondary Instructional Specialist at New Boston ISD in Texas, shares her tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans by connecting them to classroom walkthroughs.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Cycles, Collaboration, District Improvement, Coaching Cycles, Teacher Empowerment, Lesson Plans

Achievement Teams: Functional Teacher Collaboration Is Solved!

Steve Ventura, president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions, speaks to the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle for disciplined collaboration among teachers and leaders.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Leadership Development, Reflection, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Achievement Teams

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 4: January 29, 2021

We wrapped up the last full week of January by learning how you can use teacher badges to encourage collaboration and build relationships, the importance of truly listening as an IC, how to use Michael Bungay Steiner's "7 Essential Questions" to guide coaching conversations, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Google Jamboard, Teacher Badges

Encourage Teacher Learning with Badges!

Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, promotes teacher badges as a fun way to encourage collaboration, build relationships, and support ongoing learning with teachers in her organization.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Gamification, Making Coaching Fun, Fun, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Badges