How to maintain your sanity while still being a great Instructional Coach

Being an Instructional Coach can be taxing to say the least. We are teachers of teachers. We are data bases. We are advocates for students. We wear so many hats that sometimes the ones that are most important get put on the backburner. It’s important we remember to pull out the “I’m still a person” hat, “mom/dad” hat, or any other hat we previously enjoyed wearing before school started up again. Not getting to wear all the hats you want to can be frustrating, but wearing too many hats can be downright stressful.

Fostering Strong Relationships Through Positive Feedback

The biggest and most important job we have as instructional coaches is to give feedback to the teachers we work with. While it can be easy to focus on the areas teachers need to improve on, it is always important to provide teachers with positive feedback. There are many ways and reasons to provide positive feedback to teachers and in doing so, you will create stronger relationships with those you work with. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Instructional Coaching

Education, as it’s been known for years on end, is ever changing.  Most recently, the change has shifted to include instructional coaches as onsite job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers.  We are seeing more and more schools adapting to this quickly spreading idea of bringing in an outside brain for one common goal, the one thing that continues to stay the same in education….student achievement.  As with any new idea, there are important strategies to use and to NOT use.

Who are you COACHING for?

Now that we are wrapping up the end of the year, I like to think about how I can improve my coaching for the next school year.  One of the questions I start with…

Who am I coaching for? Am I coaching for Me? Teachers? Students? Community?

This question is more than just a quick reflection for current coaches.  If you just snagged your first coaching gig “Congrats!” and this is the question you definitely need to get answered...

10 Coaching Strategies for Instructional Coaches

During my training as a teacher, I learned instructional strategies to teach lessons and deal with my students in the classroom.  When I transitioned to being a coach, I soon realized that coaching was similar to teaching, my teachers became my students and I had to figure out strategies to best support them.  

5 Quick Things to Focus on when Coaching a Teacher with Classroom Management Issues

As an Instructional Coach, many times I work with new teachers and teachers who are struggling with classroom management. Of course, I do a full baseline observation, tier my teachers and start coaching cycles. But sometimes that just takes too long. 

Cupcakes with Coach ~ Setting the Stage for the 1st Meeting

Now that we’ve prepared ourselves with research and gathered materials, it’s time for that 1ST MEETING!  But let’s be real, whether this is your first year, or your tenth year as a coach, getting the “teacher buy in” can be tricky.  So, after trying to decide HOW I could get the trust of my teachers, and begin to build that relationship, I came up with this ~ Cupcakes with the Coach!

Gearing Up for Back to School ~ 5 Things Instructional Coaches MUST DO!

Summer is a time to recharge and relax.  With the school year fast approaching, as a coach, you’ll need all your ducks in a row!  As many of us search Pinterest for the latest ideas, cutest decorations, and new learning techniques, it’s important for us coaches to gear up for another fabulous school year!  These 5 Things will help you prepare for a successful year!