Collective Efficacy Leverages Teamwork for Better Coaching Cycles

Virginia Soukup, ELA and social studies curriculum specialist in Oklahoma, highlights three foundational elements of a coaching cycle that help guide a group of teachers to achieve their collective goal.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Debrief, Reflection, Peer Observations, Goals, In-the-Moment Coaching, Peer Coaching, Lab Sites, Collective Efficacy

Foster Cooperative Adult Learning with the Jigsaw Method

Miguel Guhlin, Director of Professional Development for TCEA, walks us through the Jigsaw Method and how, in an adult learning context, it can increase collaboration and rapid learning among everyone involved.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Conversations, Teacher Tricks, Professional Growth, Social-Emotional, Goals, Learning Walks, Student-Focused, Jigsaw Method

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

4-Step Process for Collecting Feedback on Your Coaching

Are you looking for ways to collect feedback on your work but struggling to find a technique that works for you? Jessica Kazigian, educational specialist and instructional coach in Connecticut, walks us through her 4-step cycle for collecting and analyzing feedback to help grow your practice.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Video, First Year Coaching Tips, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Reflection, Goals, Data, Feedback Forms

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 3: January 17, 2020

This week we learned how collaboration built on ongoing relationships, learning, and feedback helps improve student and adult achievement within an organization; a few ways you can kickstart your second semester of coaching; four elements of professional learning; and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Methodologies, Goals, School-Wide Goals, Coaching for Equity

PRing Your Coaching Role

Brandy Alexander, elementary instructional specialist in the Houston, TX area shares four ways to publicize and promote your coaching role—a must for any coach working in a less-than-perfect coaching environment.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Goals

Gamification to Support Professional Learning

How can you bring friendly competition to your organization that supports professional learning, you ask? Lindsay Zilly, Director of Professional Learning for Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, relays how she created an environment that promotes risk-taking through gamification as a fun alternative to standard professional development.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Teacher Development, Goals, Risk-Taking, Gamification

Scaffolding Teacher Goals for Long-Term Impact

What's a great way to increase morale when working on a goal? Mini-achievements! Dr. Cristine LaMontagne, instructional coach at East Side Union High School District in California, shares how she simplifies goals with teachers to build small achievements along the way.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Goal Setting, Scaffolding, Goals, Achievements