Prioritize Your Own Professional Learning with Peer Coaching

When we stop growing professionally, we do a disservice to not ourselves but to others. Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, shares three ways to level up your coaching skillset by seeking feedback from your peers—both in-person and online. 💻

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Practical Advice, PLCs, Video Coaching, Modeling, Self-reflection, Peer Coaching

The Benefits of Role-Play for ICs

Michael Sonbert encourages ICs and teachers to step out of their comfort zones and participate in role-playing exercises if they genuinely want to impact student growth in the classroom.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Feedback, Modeling, In-the-Moment Coaching, Comfort Zone, Communication, Role-Play

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 49: December 10, 2021

This week our Weekly Coaching Roundup shined a light on how ICs can build a coaching relationship with principals, four ways to move beyond tech support as a Digital Learning Coach, why setting boundaries is crucial in coaching, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Principal Supervision, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Modeling, Teacher Retention, Stress and Anxiety, Digital Learning Coach, Tech Support

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

Increase Peer Observation with Pineapple Charts

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, encourages the use of "pineapple charts" to help teachers show hospitality in their classrooms and inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative professional development. 🍍

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Modeling, Coaching Invitations, 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

October 2020 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

All treats and no tricks from October's Weekly Coaching Roundups. 🍭 Read below to learn a few tips for building teacher capacity, the benefits of using coaching choice boards, how you can take control of remote learning, a six-step coaching cycle for rolling out new classroom technology, and more! Enjoy. 👻

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Topics: Must Reads, Student-Centered Coaching, Collaboration, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Modeling, Coaching Choice Boards, Remote Work

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 41: October 9, 2020

This week we learned how coaches can help model student conferencing for their teachers, how one organization took control of their school year prep through collaborative PLCs, why the real classroom magic happens when ICs and teachers are in sync, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Student-Centered Coaching, PLCs, Co-Teaching, Collaboration, Teacher Tricks, Modeling, Student-Led Conferences, Long-Term Partnerships, Student-Focused

Modeling One-on-One Student Conferencing for Teachers

Let's face it, one-on-one support—whether for students or teachers—is extremely helpful but often not a skill we're all comfortable practicing. Liz Janusz, ELA instructional coach in Chicago, IL, shows teachers how to take conferring to the next level by modeling individual reading and writing conferencing with students.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Student-Centered Coaching, Personalized Learning, Modeling, Student Conferencing

How Instructional Coaches Can Build Teacher Capacity (and Why It Matters!)

Genevie Rodríguez-Quiñones, instructional coach in San Antonio, Texas, shares three tips for building teacher capacity, while both reducing the pressure on coaches and empowering teachers at the same time! 

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Modeling, Vulnerability, Transparency

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