Getting Started with Bitmoji Classrooms

Looking for a fun, personalized, and functional way to interact with your students? Stephanie Harris, an English content coach from North Carolina, showcases the power of Bitmoji classrooms to engage students in online learning environments—and shares how to create your own! 🎉

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Bitmojis, Gamification, Distance Learning, Bitmoji Classrooms, Fun

Rolling Out Technology to Support Distance Learning

John Heffernan, Technology Enhanced Learning and PD Coordinator for Tipperary Education and Training Board in Ireland, shares how his organization rolled out edtech and video tools to support educators and students with distance learning—plus some best practices to keep in mind when your organization decides to do the same. 😀

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Video, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Video Coaching, Distance Learning, E-Learning, Crisis Skills

How Coaches Can Support New Curriculum Rollouts

Amy Rudd, instructional coach in Akron, Ohio, talks about everything that goes into implementing a new curriculum within an organization and the central role ICs play at every stage along the way.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Coaching Support, Curriculum

4 Ways to Become a Classroom Management Pro

What results in more instructional time and learning for students? Classroom management! Christine Weis, educator in Delaware, provides teachers with a few strategies for taking control of their classrooms once and for all. 👩‍🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Teacher Tricks, Classroom Management, New School Year Preparation, Student-Focused

2 Quick Tips for New Instructional Coaches

Ready. Set. Coach! 📣 Maria Papiez, instructional coach from Illinois, reflects on her first year as an IC and passes along her two most valuable tips for others starting their coaching journey.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, First Year as a Coach, Goal Setting, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Support, Loneliness

Tips for Checking-In with Teachers Remotely

The shift to distance learning was a quick and unexpected transition for many organizations. Kelly Batts, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Clinton City Schools in North Carolina, shares how promoting teacher feedback and communication among all organizational levels was their district's biggest win while shifting to distance learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Blended Learning, Teacher Support, Feedback Forms, Distance Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching

Step Up Your Approach to Virtual Coaching

Are you experiencing waves of being very busy or not enough to do while working from home? If so, you're not alone! 😉 Kristi Sacha, Instructional Coach Liaison for Akron Public Schools in Ohio, believes there are three major areas that ICs should focus their time on while working remotely.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Teacher Support, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching

Coaching Choice Boards

Teachers learn best when they're given a voice and a choice in their professional learning. Pam Hubler, instructional coach in South Carolina, shares how she creates opportunities for teachers to choose their level of coaching support through the use of Coaching Choice Boards, and how you can build your own!

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Teacher Support, Coaching Roles, Introductions, Coaching Choice Boards

4 Key Mindsets for Coaching Remotely

Coaching and leading remotely is a new challenge for most instructional coaches, and it requires a shift in the way we think and carry out our daily routines. Stephanie Affinito, literacy education professor at the University at Albany in New York, is back with some of her must-have attributes of ICs working remotely.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, twitter, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Scheduling, Personalized Learning, Social Media, Virtual Coaching, Organization Tips, Distance Learning, Coaching Choice Boards

3 Traits to Cultivate When You're Coaching Remotely

Vicki Collet, Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas, recommends three traits that coaches should refine when working remotely.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Virtual Coaching, Self-awareness, Remote Work, Coaching Traits