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Coaching Tip of the Month
June 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Establishing positive relationships is what makes a difference with instructional coaching. Actually, it’s what makes a difference in any relationship or partnership. In the world of instructional coaching, however, not every partnership is based on a shared vision or shared interests. These relationships are not “matched” or determined with an intentional design. In fact, these relationships occur simply because a coach and the teachers who are coached want (or are told) to work together and to make a positive impact on teaching and learning. And, they succeed because coaches are skilled professionals who understand adult learning, build trust, honor their colleagues, and give meaningful feedback to improve practice.

May 2015 PDF Print E-mail

In his work with teacher leaders, Les Foltos (JSD February 2015, Vol. 36 No. 1) encourages coaches to work with their colleagues and serve as catalysts for a collaborative culture that is vital to ensure success for all teachers and students. That is certainly something all coaches have heard from their work with PIIC and their IU PIIC mentors. It is true – PIIC focuses on the BDA cycle of consultation and the 4-quadrant framework. This content and process are accomplished through the ongoing, consistent conversations between and among teachers and their coaches. And, just in case you haven’t noticed, that’s not so easy! Remember, “Collaboration is the unnatural act between non-consenting adults (Jocelyn Elders).”

April 2015 PDF Print E-mail

How can I see reflection is a way of teaching, so that it’s impossible to separate out and itemize, but is instead a moment-by-moment thing that is always with me like a heartbeat? (What it Means to Be a Reflective Teacher, Terry Heick,

Reflection is a powerful tool. It sounds so easy because it is fundamental to our practice. Yet many confuse reflecting with reporting. So, what’s the difference between the two rituals and why are they both important to the instructional coaching praxis?

March 2015 PDF Print E-mail

“The reformation of the schools must begin with the teachers, and no program that does not include the personal rehabilitation of teachers can ever overcome the passive resistance of the old order” (Waller, 1932).  How prophetic…classroom teachers are the ones who make a difference in the lives of students; that means we need to pay attention to what and how teachers teach and students learn. Even as far back as the 30’s, someone knew that changes to student learning had to occur at the classroom level – with teachers. Where have we heard that before?

February 2015 PDF Print E-mail

It’s a real conundrum…send a quick email because you don’t have time to stop and talk. Yet, by sending the email, you eliminate the opportunity to make eye contact, show you are a good listener, and engage in an ongoing conversation that will strengthen your professional and personal growth. You know you can contact many of your colleagues through social media but does that make you more or less social?