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

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

3 Ways to Strengthen Connections in Remote Environments

How do you build and strengthen connections with teachers in remote learning environments, you ask? Ashley Taplin, math specialist in Texas, explains how she shares strategies, highlights best practices, and listens intentionally while working from both in-person and from afar.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Newsletters, Relationships, Building Relationships, Co-Teaching, Collaboration, Email, Listening Skills, Self-reflection, Virtual Coaching, Remote Coaching, Stress and Anxiety

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 48: November 27, 2020

This week we learned how both teachers and ICs can use Google Jamboard to support their work, the magic that happens when coaches collaborate with peers from other departments, a few sets of questions to kick-start your next student-centered coaching conversation, and more. Enjoy! 🦃

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Student-Centered Coaching, Collaboration, New Teacher Support, Partnership, Virtual Coaching, School Librarian, Google Jamboard, Google, Whiteboards

Coaching with Google Jamboard

Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, showcases three ways to use collaborative whiteboard tool, Google Jamboard, to support virtual coaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Virtual Coaching, Communication, Making Coaching Fun, Fun

Your School Librarian: An Unexpected Coaching Partner

What's the key to success in our buildings? Collaboration! Keitha Hernandez, middle school librarian in Lockhart ISD in Texas, believes that magic happens when ICs work with staff outside of their normal circle and shares some of the extraordinary work that she and two ICs have done together through their collaborative partnership. 🙏

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Partnership, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching PD, Co-Presenting, School Librarian

October 2020 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

All treats and no tricks from October's Weekly Coaching Roundups. 🍭 Read below to learn a few tips for building teacher capacity, the benefits of using coaching choice boards, how you can take control of remote learning, a six-step coaching cycle for rolling out new classroom technology, and more! Enjoy. 👻

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Topics: Must Reads, Student-Centered Coaching, Collaboration, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Modeling, Coaching Choice Boards, Remote Work

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 41: October 9, 2020

This week we learned how coaches can help model student conferencing for their teachers, how one organization took control of their school year prep through collaborative PLCs, why the real classroom magic happens when ICs and teachers are in sync, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Student-Centered Coaching, PLCs, Co-Teaching, Collaboration, Teacher Tricks, Modeling, Student-Led Conferences, Long-Term Partnerships, Student-Focused

How Instructional Coaches Can Build Teacher Capacity (and Why It Matters!)

Genevie Rodríguez-Quiñones, instructional coach in San Antonio, Texas, shares three tips for building teacher capacity, while both reducing the pressure on coaches and empowering teachers at the same time! 

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Modeling, Vulnerability, Transparency