Fun(ny) Ways to Support Your Coaching Work

Kelli Schiltz, instructional coach in Wisconsin, gives her staff fun (and funny) treats throughout the school year to remind them of all the different ways she can support them in their work.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, First Year as a Coach, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Making Coaching Fun

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 6: February 7, 2020

This week we learned the importance of building relationships right away with new staff, why it's so helpful for coaches to "take a breath" at times and how you can do that, some tips for better bite-sized goals, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Self-awareness

The Importance of Building Relationships with New Teachers

Are you a coach looking to hit the ground running with new teachers? Paige Bergin, instructional coach in Oklahoma, shares how she focuses on building relationships with new staff right away, and some tips to make that easier.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Student-Focused

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 5: January 31, 2020

This week we learned why coaches should listen carefully and learn from those they work with, how one coach builds trust with her peers by rolling up her sleeves and getting in the trenches, a few critical issues that can get in the way of professional learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: twitter, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Networking, Social Media, Vulnerability

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

3 Ways to Build a Culture of Collaboration

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Noblesville Schools in Indiana, shares how collaboration built on ongoing relationships, learning, and feedback helps improve student and adult achievement within an organization.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, PLCs, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, Social Media, Communication

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 2: January 10, 2020

Find out how you can publicize and promote your coaching role, help teachers better plan for parent-teacher conferences, why it's so important for you to stand by and support teachers as they take instructional risks, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Teacher Support, Time Management, Risk-Taking, Organization Tips, Self-awareness

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 50: December 13, 2019

This week we learned about a few key components that are necessary for effective instructional coaching, how one coach found a fun way to promote risk-taking through gamification, the flexibility of "un-conferences" as a way for teachers to collaborate professionally, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Questioning Techniques, Coaching PD, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Gamification, Unconferences

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