3 Ways to Strengthen Connections in Remote Environments

How do you build and strengthen connections with teachers in remote learning environments, you ask? Ashley Taplin, math specialist in Texas, explains how she shares strategies, highlights best practices, and listens intentionally while working from both in-person and from afar.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Newsletters, Relationships, Building Relationships, Co-Teaching, Collaboration, Email, Listening Skills, Self-reflection, Virtual Coaching, Remote Coaching, Stress and Anxiety

Embedding Social and Emotional Learning into Online Instruction

Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., a district-wide Climate and Social-Emotional Learning Coach in Illinois, shares strategies for embedding social and emotional learning into your coaching partnerships, especially within remote learning spaces.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Relationships, Building Relationships, Time Management, Social-Emotional, Student-Focused, Self-awareness, Remote Coaching

Coaching with Compassion

Megan Harding, educational consultant in Omaha, NE, explores ways that coaches can cultivate compassion for themselves and those they work with, and how important it is now more than ever.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Meetings, Empathy, Compassion

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 37: September 11, 2020

This week we learned how ICs can ease back into coaching after an absence, a few classroom discussion tips for engaging students, ideas for developing and maintaining relationships with students remotely, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Relationships, PLCs, Classroom Management, Coaching Roles, Student-Focused, Leave of Absence

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 19: May 8, 2020

This week we learned a few must-have attributes of ICs working remotely, why educators should focus on relationships with their students, one coach's four guiding principles for coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Relationships, Coaching PD, Distance Learning, E-Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching

The Power of Affirmation

Jenna Moller, instructional coach in Illinois, shares why affirmation is important—both in our personal and professional lives—and how taking a moment to acknowledge others every day fosters strong coaching relationships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Relationships, Building Relationships, Empathy, Bitmojis, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation

Surveys for Better Coaching Cycles (with Examples!)

Amy Rudd, instructional coach in Akron, Ohio, uses teacher surveys to help identify goals and discover trends to help create more successful coaching cycles.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Surveys

My Journey From Coach Back to Teacher Specialist

Jason MacDonald, elementary school teacher and former instructional coach, reflects on how his experience as an IC paved his transition back into the classroom as not just a teacher, but a teacher specialist.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Tricks, Professional Growth, Coaching Invitations

October 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We've harvested the top coaching articles from October's weekly coaching roundups! Read below to learn about inquiry-based coaching cycles, extending coaching invitations, rules for instructional coaches, wearing a coaching at as a principal, and more.

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Topics: TeachBoost, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Newsletters, Relationships, Roundup, Building Relationships, Coaching Hat, Advanced Teachers, Coaching Invitations, Inquiry-Based

The Causes of Coaching Reluctance

TeachBoost continues to ask instructional coaches what tools they include in their instructional coaching toolbox as part of our TeachBoost series, Your Coaching Toolbox—resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

In part one of her two-part series, Cailin Minor, literacy coach at Shanghai American School in China, first dissects the causes for teachers feeling "stuck" and reluctant towards coaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Coaching Reluctance