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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 49: December 6, 2019

This week we learned how being grateful can help overcome barriers to co-teaching, why celebrating successes in PLCs is great for morale, how being conscious of the words we use as a coach can help create a culture of innovation, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Co-Teaching, Teacher Support, Empathy, Coaching Roles, Self-awareness

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 48: November 29, 2019

This week we learned how a sense of purpose and self-worth can help improve teacher well-being, how video can support coaching cycles, why a growth mindset is valuable for all educators, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Growth Mindset, Teacher Support, Coaching PD, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Coaching Roles, Coaching Hat, Introductions, Self-awareness

Helping Teachers Find Their Purpose through Self-Awareness

Naomi Ward, UK-based Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, explains how important it is to teacher well-being and retention that they hold a sense of purpose and self-worth, and how coaches can help foster that.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Teacher Support, Self-reflection, Self-awareness, Teacher Retention

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 46: November 15, 2019

This week we covered the value of affirmation and praise in coaching, why principal and coach partnerships set organizations up for success, how administrators can often be better leaders by thinking like a coach, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Student-Centered Coaching, Principal and Coach, Coaching Hat, Self-awareness

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 45: November 8, 2019

This week we learned how a positive mindset can improve our communication with teachers, some insights into coaching resistance, the how collaboration can promote a culture of learning, how one coach preps for coaching cycles, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Reluctance, Teacher Development, Coaching Cycles, Asset-based Mindset

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 44: November 1, 2019

This week we covered the importance of trust and taking the time to develop teachers, how questions are at the core of coaching interactions, why it's important to encourage risk-taking among staff, activities that promote collaboration during PD sessions, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Trust, Coaching Cycles, Risk-Taking

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 42: October 18, 2019

This week we learned how coached working across multiple buildings can maximize their impact, why we need to sometimes shift our thinking to connect with teachers we work with, the impact of video for promoting growth and reflection, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Traveling Coach

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 41: October 11, 2019

This week we learned the benefits of disconnecting from work with some R&R, how "Fun Fridays" can help build relationships, ways to get more out of your coaching investment, why it's important to take time to reflect on our role as a coach yearly, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, PLCs, Culture of Coaching, Self-reflection

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 40: October 4, 2019

This week we learned some best practices for all steps in the coaching cycle, honing our "noticing" skills, things administrators should know about instructional coaching, how peer coaching and student-focused instruction improve learning, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Peer Observations, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Peer Coaching