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IU PIIC Mentors work with instructional coaches to focus on increasing student engagement and improving student achievement through the implementation of the PLN framework and other evidence-based literacy strategies. Read more...

Coaching Tip of the Month

Words are tricky. They convey tone, mood, and attitude. And, once written or spoken aloud, they cannot be taken back!

We all know the adage, “Sticks and stones will break our bones but names will never hurt us.” True or false? I say, “False.” Many a time, words become the daggers that evoke responses that might not be the intended outcome. On the other hand, sometimes we want our words to provoke action. If that’s the case, we must be ready for the consequences of our words.

Coaches need to know the appropriate ways to engage in meaningful conversations with their teaching colleagues. Words and body language send quite a message and sometimes, they are misconstrued. Remember, perception is reality. How someone perceives the intent may create a lasting impression and may not be so easy to alter.

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