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: Reducing Educator Stress and Fatigue

The start of the school year is always an exciting yet stressful time for all teachers, ICs, and leaders. Luckily, your peers have some incredible tips to share on reducing educator stress and fatigue. Take a moment to find a quiet place where you can unwind, find your inner zen, and learn new ways to combat unwanted stress. Enjoy! 😌

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Topics: leadership, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Listening Skills, Empathy, Self-reflection, Overwhelmed, Teacher Retention, Crisis Skills, Remote Work, Self-care, Stress and Anxiety

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

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 2: Teacher and Coach

Once you've established your role with the principal and created your partnership agreement, it's time to create one with the teachers you support. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, is back with part two of her partnership agreements to teach you how to do just that. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, Confidentiality, Transparency, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Teacher Looping, Teacher Empowerment

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 1: Principal and Coach

Partnership agreements are incredibly helpful for coaches and their peers to outline core responsibilities and create transparency around their coaching role. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, walks through the steps for first creating a partnership agreement with your principal in part one of her series.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Transparency, Introductions

A Coach's Keys to Growth: Reflections and Relationships

Rachel Mane, secondary math specialist in Texas, highlights what she believes to be the two most significant factors to her coaching growth and journey: relationships and reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Reflection

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

July 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

The torch has been lit at Tokyo 2020! With a field of 8 bloggers competing for the top articles from July's WCRs, who should take home the gold? 🏅 We'll let you decide.

Learn how to foster cooperative adult learning with the Jigsaw Method, three easy steps to create a coaching menu, three ways to use collective efficacy for better coaching cycles, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, PLCs, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Conversations, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Empowerment, Collective Efficacy

The 4 Speeds of Teacher Buy-In

Not everyone is a go-getter when it comes to trying something outside their comfort zone, and teachers are no exception. Becca Silver, founder of The Whole Educator, highlights a few overarching characteristic types of teachers when approaching change and how to handle each as an IC. 🏃

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, Coaching Reluctance, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Self-reflection, Co-Planning, Affirmation

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 25: June 25th, 2021

This week we learned how relationships built during remote work could transition to face-to-face settings, steps to create a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics, a three-step guide for planning professional summer learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, PLCs, Collaboration, Goal Setting, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Hat, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Crisis Skills, Summer, Online Tools, Play Cards