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Time for a Coaching Cycle

The temperatures are cooling. Our wardrobes are changing. We are bringing out the layers to add warmth. This also means we are in full swing of the school year. Beginning of the year activities, such as assessment screenings, are coming to a close. Teachers have a wide variety of data on their students. Just as […]
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Transformation Lessons: Home Improvement

Have you ever totally transformed a space in your home or classroom? Have you successfully transformed a school culture? What did it take to accomplish the transformation? Today we will explore the stages in transformations. Each stage is critical to the larger picture. Background A few months ago I transformed a room in my basement into a home […]
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The Marshmallow Challenge

Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer Put a room for of adults into small groups and  give each group 10 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, 1 marshmallow, a set of guidelines and 18 minutes and what do you get? TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, TRIAL and ERROR, THOUGHTFUL DIALOGUE, and FUN! The Marshmallow Challenge was recently […]
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#EduCoach Turns 4

Four years ago a single tweet changed everything! As an instructional coach I was looking for others in similar positions to add to my Twitter PLN. I had witnessed first hand the power of Twitter and the various Twitter Chats that were populating the landscape. Yet, I had not found one specific for instructional coaches. […]
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An Instructional Coach Giveaway!

Can you imagine your day without Twitter or Facebook? These tools connect us and provide us with new learning everyday! Today I learned it was Instructional Coach Appreciation Day! Sounds like a perfect day for an: INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING GIVEAWAY! I have been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing lately with a goal to downsize my enormous […]
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The Power of Teamwork

A recent video posted on our local television station’s Twitter Feed promoted me to think about teamwork. Authentic teamwork. Teamwork with a clear purpose. Teamwork with commitment, accountability and trust. KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports TEAMWORK In the article Strong Teams, Strong Schools: Teacher-to-Teacher Collaboration Creates Synergy that Benefits Students, Dennis Sparks begins […]
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Spring Ahead

Today was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and warmth spread across Iowa. It was welcome relief from the frigid winter we have experienced this year. Yet, hundreds of educators spent the day inside immersed in collaborative, self-directed learning. History was made. Tweets were flying – and luckily we did not break Twitter! The […]
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Location, Location, Location

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Gene Wilburn In business, location is everything. The same holds true in education. Parents desire schools that are a safe distance from home. Teacher need instructional resources at their finger tips. Administrators should be visible on the school campus and in classrooms daily. For me, Twitter is my 24/7 […]
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Making an UNMISTAKABLE IMPACT

Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate with others that are interested in Instructional Leadership and Instructional Coaching? The #educoach Twitter chat that meets each Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM CST is currently reading and discussing the book Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction by Jim Knight. Dr. Knight joins the chat […]
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Instructional Coaching is like an Oreo Cookie

I have been trying to develop a short and simple way to describe the coaching process to the educators at the new schools I will be joining this year. An Oreo Cookie popped into my head – probably because I’ve been trying to stay away from sweets lately! I learned early on in my career […]