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The Road to The #CoachApproach

In my last post I shared my writing journey. The road was been full of twists and turns, discovery and growth. I have had the opportunity to meet many authors along the way that have inspired me, in person and/or through their printed words. I have had mentors who saw things in me that I didn’t […]
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My Journey as a Writer

If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog you may have noticed I enjoy finding great images to represent my thoughts. I typically find my photos on Pixabay or Unsplash since I know they are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons. But today’s photo is one of my own with a story to […]
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The Ripple Effect

As an educator, I am drawn to movies that depict teachers and other aspects of education. Often the plot is highly predictable, but each uniquely inspirational. The teacher in the movie learns to believe in a student or group of students who often do not believe in themselves. The teacher tries everything in his/her power […]
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Let’s Work Smarter, Not Harder

Instructional leaders, both administrators and coaches, work hard to be effective. Their to-do lists are often never ending. They wear many, many hats. And sometimes they feel less than effective as the grind of paperwork and the wide variety of tasks take hold. To manage their time, many instructional leaders develop their own tools to […]
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Greetings from ASCD15

The 70th Annual ASCD Conference and Exhibit Show opened today. The theme is Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations. There is something here for everyone! The 183 page program booklet can be daunting at times. There is so much to take in and so little time. Today’s post is just a brief reflection on each session […]
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Spring Brings Happiness

Spring is in the air. A perfect day to Celebrate International Day of Happiness! The photo above was taken during a beautiful spring time walk in Houston as I attend the ASCD Conference. Last year, during the Slice of Life Challenge, I wrote Quotes about Writing –  Pick One – Go. I described a favorite opening activity […]
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Instructional Coaching: Lessons from Coach Hoiberg

The Slice of Life Challenge comes right at the height of the basketball season. The Big 12 Championship game is in the books. And, yes, my beloved CYCLONES took the title! Today I re-watched highlights and celebrations as well as read a few articles about the game, the win, and the Iowa State team in […]
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Managing Complex Change

Photo Credit: http://www.bethknittle.net/WP_Blog/?p=1212   Change is hard … but what makes it hard may be able to be controlled with proper planning and ongoing monitoring. Too often we have great intensions with change initiatives. We have the data to support the need. We know it is the right work. We know if the change happens lives […]
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Twitter Chats … FIND THE MAGIC!

It is such an honor to be co-hosting the February 12, 2015 #ILAchat with Elena Aguilar and to LEARN and GROW with coaches all around the globe! I hope you join us at 7:00pm CST! Back in 2011 I was an Instructional Coach looking to connect with other coaches in order to grow my own skills. […]
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P is for Pirate

Teachers around the globe have been teaching like a pirate ever since Dave Burgess published the book Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator. Dave mentioned on his Amazon from the author section that he “developed the book to help teachers become wildly engaging in the classroom and […]