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Coaching Ourselves with Compassion

It was my honor to write this guest post that originally was posted on Sherry St. Clair’s blog Reflect to Learn. The post is adapted slightly here. The content is based on Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Professional Growth that I co-wrote with Kenny McKee. In March of 2020, our lives […]
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Coaching through Challenges

My mind is racing as I prepare for a possible Coronavirus outbreak in my area. I know I’m prepared in my own home. My thoughts right now go to the teachers and administrators who are scrambling to figure out distance learning opportunities as schools begin to close. Several states (as of this writing) have already […]
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4 Questions to Guide Reflection

Instructional coaches guide reflection in many situations. We help teachers analyze their instruction, student data, student learning progressions and behaviors, as well as school-wide progress to name a few. It can be time consuming to generate questions for each situation. In my work with school leaders, instructional coaches and teachers I have been using 4 […]
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My One Word: Intentional

Happy New Year! 2019 has arrived! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve spent some time this past week reflecting on 2018 and mapping out goals for 2019. I’m so excited to see what this year holds. I am the author of the next 365 days. I’ve used the One Word concept for the […]
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End of the Year Reflection Idea

Instructional coaches and school leaders spend a great deal their time facilitating reflection. Reflection can be the key to teacher and student success. My friends and fellow ASCD authors, Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral, are constantly reminding us that the more reflective we are, the more effective we are. The question is … Do you […]
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A #CoachApproach Action Plan

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following post is cross-posted to our CoachApproach4Schools Website. A few adaptions have been made here to include a wide range of coaching in schools for administrators, instructional coaches and teachers.  Did you set any New […]
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Knowing vs. Doing Gap

To begin I feel I must submit a disclaimer to this post. I have read a few blog posts on the Knowing – Doing Gap and I am aware of the book by this same title by Jeffry Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton yet, the thoughts in this post are my own and are based […]
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Who Rescued Who?

Last Sunday marked a very special day. I’m thankful I have the Facebook Memory reminders as it wasn’t a day I thought to have written on the calendar. Six years ago last Sunday a scared and very timid Schnoodle (later renamed Boji after Lake Okoboji in Iowa) entered my life. I had been contemplating getting […]
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A New Administrator’s Journey

Back-to-school supplies are starting to line the shelves. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers have goals swimming around in their heads, even while they’re still enjoying their summer breaks. Educators new to positions have many questions as well. How will I build relationships with new staff and students? How will I monitor my impact? How will […]
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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 […]