4 Ways to Do More than Just Tech Support as a Coach

Ever feel like your role with teachers involves only being asked to put out fires? Delrose Adkinson, instructional technology coach in Newport News, Virginia, shares four steps that will help you set boundaries and establish your coaching identity with your staff.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Empathy, Coaching Roles, Instructional Technology, Tech Support

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 48: December 3, 2021

We kicked off the final month of 2021 by learning from our Weekly Coaching Roundup how to build relationships with teachers in a tasteful way, what a digital learning coach's day-to-day is like, a fun and strategic way to deliver PD on the fly, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Coaching Roles, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Empowerment, Digital Learning Coach

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

Celebrating Wins and Shared Goals

Sherry St. Clair, president of Reflective Learning, shares a few tactics that leaders can use to praise individual and shared goal progress to help cultivate a culture of learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Goal Setting, Trust, Coaching Methodologies, School-Wide Goals, Teacher Appreciation, Learning Organization

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 39: October 1st, 2021

We wrapped up September and the first whole week of fall by learning why mini-PD through video is both fun and effective, how to embody a coaching mindset, a six-step guide to plan and prep for coaching cycles, and more! 🍁

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Trust, Listening Skills, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Social Media, Organization Tips, Self-awareness, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Youtube, Online Tools

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 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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 23: June 11th, 2021

This week we learned a four-step guide for creating a personalized PD plan, a few misinterpretations of coaching and how you can handle them, tips for organizing end-of-year reflection conversations for teachers, and more!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Goal Setting, Trust, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Self-reflection, Communication, Student-Focused, Teacher Empowerment