Just Show Up: Building Confidence as a New Instructional Coach

Trusting yourself is critical in a coaching role filled with victories, roadblocks, and everything in-between. Monica Carpenter, Curriculum Support Teacher in Atlanta, GA, reflects on nine lessons she learned to build confidence during her first year on the job.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, First Year as a Coach, Building Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Trust, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Vulnerability, PLN

September 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Student-Centered Coaching, New Teacher Support, Partnership Agreements, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Invitations, Introductions, Teacher Retention, Affirmation, Coaching Traits, Teacher Empowerment, Stress and Anxiety, Pineapple Charts

Embodying a Coaching Mindset

Are you looking to dive below the surface in your coaching conversations? Miriam Guerrero Cheuk, district IC in Virginia, highlights four ways to build a genuine connection with teachers through life-giving coaching conversations.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Growth Mindset, Trust, Listening Skills, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Self-reflection, Reflection, Peer Coaching, Self-awareness, Proactive Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 37: September 17th, 2021

This week we learned the benefits of a high-quality mentor program, how to create a coaching partnership agreement with teachers, four steps for turning your coaching vision into a purpose statement, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Transparency, Introductions, Communication, Coaching Menus

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 36: September 10th, 2021

This week we learned how ICs can create a coaching partnership agreement with their principal, the six stages of a student-centered coaching cycle, what school leaders should look for when evaluating coaches, and more!

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Topics: PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Goal Setting, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Modeling, Professional Growth, Transparency, Affirmation

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 35: September 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Kick it off by learning how you can use pineapple charts to inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative PD, why mentors are valuable for teacher growth, how administrators can support teachers who feel stressed or anxious, the role of trust in coaching, and more! Enjoy.

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Relationships, Collaboration, Conversations, Mentors, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Peer Observations, Vulnerability, Coaching Invitations, Peer Coaching, Teacher Retention, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 32: August 13th, 2021

This week we learned some tips for first year instructional coaches, three ways to build your PLN, seven ways to strengthen your coaching relationships, why thinking aloud during coaching conversations is productive, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: twitter, Feedback, PD, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, PLCs, Questioning Techniques, Listening Skills, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Modeling, Social Media, Vulnerability, Feedback Forms, PLN

3 Ways to Build Your PLN as a New IC

Being a new instructional coach can feel like you're on an island with few resources, which is why it's crucial to build a learning network on your own. 🏝️ Violet Christensen and Courtney Groskin eagerly share three tactics for making connections—both in-person and online—and even suggestions of whom to follow online.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, First Year as a Coach, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Social Media, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, PLN

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 30: July 30th, 2021

We wrapped up July by learning how to clarify your coaching role in three easy steps, the four speeds of teacher buy-in, a few strategies for productive teacher mentoring, how to transition out of emergency learning and coaching, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Student Growth, Coaching Reluctance, Principal and Coach, Growth Mindset, Mentors, Teacher Development, Teacher Tricks, Coaching Methodologies, Vulnerability, Student-Focused, Affirmation, Crisis Skills

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 26: July 2nd, 2021

We wrapped up June and kickstarted July by learning how to use the Jigsaw Method to increase collaboration during adult learning sessions, three steps for building our PLNs, words to avoid as an IC, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Conversations, Trust, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Professional Growth, Social Media, Learning Walks, End of Year, Compassion, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, Jigsaw Method