March 20, 2020

Instructional coaches thrive on supporting colleagues, students, and community members. As schools transition to online learning and home learning, there are a lot of unknowns. Coaches might wonder about how to provide support and ponder concrete ways to make a real difference. Here are five suggestions to get your wheels spinning:

1. Vet and compile the incredible resources people are generously p...

February 15, 2018

A spa replenishes. It’s a place we can go to let our mind and spirit drift to new insights and work out the soreness of tight muscles. It is a time to indulge in self care that fills us up and creates a sense of peace, fulfillment, and joy. Coaching replenishes too. It is a spa for the educator’s soul. For any of you educators who are doubting this analogy, read on.

Coaching is an opportunity to wo...

February 7, 2018

Last week, in my role as department chair, I was showing one of our new teachers the various titles available for 11th graders. We were looking for possible book club books to accompany a larger unit she was developing on the American identity.

“How do you do it all?’ she blurted out. “ How do you fit it all in?”

I looked up. I could see she was overwhelmed, but I needed clarification as to precisel...

January 29, 2018

“Leadership is about empowering others to achieve things they did not think possible.” - Simon Sinek

In my last blog, I explained the ins and outs of coaching visits from the teacher’s point of view. Now let’s take the perspective of the coach. Whether you are a teacher-leader, a grade level peer, or a coach, there are a handful of things you can do to make these visits powerful growth opportunitie...

January 26, 2018

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” - Oprah Winfrey

Curious about classroom coaching? Wondering what the hullabaloo is really all about? Peer coaching is gaining ground—and it can happen in buildings with or without a coach. Pineapple charts and #observeme are two newer peer-coaching models showing up in schools across the nation. Whether you are considering coaching or have anx...

January 24, 2018

As kids, my friends and I would look for any wildness we could find hidden within our village’s suburban landscape. Through backyards, along streams, we survived bouts of boredom to eventually discover all kinds of ways to spend our time. Can we make a fort with all these branches? Can I jump my bike across this stream? What will this firework do? Can we cut through their yard without getting caug...

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