Saturday, July 2, 2022

The PD Opportunities You Might be Missing, Ep. 109 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Looking for new ideas for your PD sessions?  

This month on The Coaching Podcast, our focus is on professional development. On this episode, I talk about the different PD opportunities you might be missing. We look at how to offer workshops, after-school training, book studies, and other learning opportunities for teachers.

During the show, we discuss ways to provide whole and small group professional learning. I share why I love book studies, different formats to try, and my best tips for how to turn these sessions into valuable learning opportunities. You'll learn practical ways to help teachers envision what strategies will look like in their classroom and how to ensure what they learned gets added to their lesson plans.

This episode is perfect for new coaches searching for ideas for PD or experienced ones looking to add some variety to their current offerings. Tune in now and let's learn together!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 109 - The PD Opportunities You Might be Missing

  • Tips for successful professional learning
  • Pros and cons of whole group in-service, after-school PDs, and professional book studies
  • Ideas for how to structure whole school in-service learning to maximize this type of learning
  • Why instructional coaches need to be thoughtful about the materials they use in large groups
  • The importance of differentiating the concepts taught and resources used during whole group in-service
  • Ideas for presenting PD to multiple grades at the same time
  • Building time for small group work and team conversations during school-wide PD
  • Planning for after-school professional learning
  • How to make after-school PD time more effective
  • Why I include numbers in my PD titles
  • The reason coaches shouldn't introduce brand new stuff during after-school PD and what to do instead
  • Why teachers need to envision what strategies will look like with children
  • Tips for making a book study work
  • How to plan book studies and set a purpose for learning
  • Why book studies are ideal for a small group of teachers who want to dig deeper into a specific topic
  • Some common challenges with book clubs and other types of PD
  • Different types of book studies - optional, required, school-wide, and summer
  • How to help teachers use what they learned in PD in the classroom
  • Examples of book studies I've done with teachers
  • Why teachers need time built in to create plans and practice their new learning

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Confident Literacy Coach - A Peek Inside!, Ep. 108 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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On The Coaching Podcast, we've been discussing different types of coaches all month. We spoke with a math coach, a technology coach, and an SEL coach. On this episode, I want to share my experiences as a literacy coach and tell you about my course, The Confident Literacy Coach.

When I was first introduced as a literacy coach, we were in a big faculty meeting. I was a brand-new literacy coach and had never coached a day in my life. I was sitting next to the new math and science coach. My principal gestured to us and said, “This year, we're fortunate enough to have two new faculty members. Chrissy is our expert in literacy, and Mr. So and so is our expert in math and science”. I flinched a little at being called an expert.

When I think back to how I was first introduced, I know it was a mistake. It set me up for challenging relationships with teachers, and not in a good way.

My first year of coaching was tough and I made a lot of mistakes. But I felt like I was in the right place and that things would get better over time. And they did!

Some of my earliest challenges as a literacy coach came from the fact that despite all of us being part of the same district with the same proclaimed practices, every school was honestly doing its own thing. Even though the district spent years providing professional development, each school and teacher had a different knowledge base.

It took a lot of structure and support to slowly align our common language and practices into something meaningful that impacted students through vertical and horizontal alignment. It was a lot of work and a rough road to walk, but I learned what worked and what didn’t. I created systems and put everything I figured out along the way into The Confident Literacy Coach. 

The Confident Literacy Coach is a comprehensive program that will help you learn practices in reading and writing to support your teachers. It will also give you the knowledge, strategies, and tools you need to coach effectively in any area. Above all, it will give you the confidence to work with teachers in an impactful way.

On episode 108 of The Coaching Podcast, I share all the details of the course. You’ll learn who it's for, what’s in each module, and how it can impact your work as a coach. 

Check out the list of modules and lessons included in the course below!


List of Modules and Topics found in The Confident Literacy Coach 


Module 1: Establishing yourself as a coach

This module includes five lessons:

  1. Defining your coaching role
  2. Communicating with administration
  3. Introducing your role to teachers
  4. Creating your coaching personality
  5. Building relationships with teachers

Module 2: Managing your limited time and endless responsibilities

This module includes four lessons:

  1. Focusing your time on high-impact strategies
  2. Identifying daily/weekly/monthly tasks
  3. Selecting three big priorities
  4. Planning for the week

Module 3: Building best practices in reading

This module includes five lessons:

  1. Introducing best practices in reading
  2. Setting teaches up for success
  3. Coaching each part of the framework
  4. Addressing common misconceptions about comprehension
  5. Identifying five high-impact strategies

Module 4: Building practices in writing

This module includes five lessons:

  1. Introducing best practices in writing
  2. Setting teaches up for success
  3. Coaching each part of the framework
  4. Addressing common misconceptions about the writing process
  5. Identifying five high-impact strategies

Module 5: Coaching individual teachers

This module includes five lessons:

  1. Introducing the coaching cycle: pre-conference
  2. Conducting observations/visits
  3. Modeling lessons
  4. Co-teaching lessons
  5. Preparing for debriefing conversations

Module 6: Coaching teams of teachers

There are five lessons in this module:

  1. Identifying group dynamics
  2. Creating norms and agreements
  3. Looking at student work together
  4. Digging into data together
  5. Planning collaboratively

Want to get a sample of the course? Click here to sign up for my free webinar that includes highlights from the first two lessons of The Confident Literacy Coach. This free one-hour session will help you define your role as a literacy coach. I really want you to get this free webinar because defining your role is foundational to everything you will do at your school. Anybody who isn't coaching literacy can also watch it because the strategies and tools I provide will help you define and share any coaching role more effectively.

If you're ready to enroll in the course, it's available right now! Click the link below to get started today and get everything you need to coach with confidence. 

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

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If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

How Every Coach Can Be an SEL Coach with Maria Austin, Ep. 107 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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This month’s focus on The Coaching Podcast is A Place for Everyone! We’ve been learning about different coaching positions. So far, we chatted with a math and technology coach. Today, we’re talking about SEL coaching with Maria Austin.

Maria is an instructional coach for effective needs programs in Colorado. She works with special education programs to support students’ emotional and behavioral needs. During the episode, we talk about her journey to become a social-emotional learning coach and how every coach can be an SEL coach. 

We discuss what an SEL does, how you can prepare to become one, and what it looks like in practice. Listen to learn how to define your role as an SEL coach and ways to incorporate social-emotional learning in the classroom.

I really enjoyed our conversation because Maria's work is so interesting. She gave us great information about SEL coaching and how to build relationships with teachers. If you want to learn more about what an SEL coach does and how you can become one, listen to the entire episode.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 107 - How Every Coach Can Be an SEL Coach with Maria Austin

  • What is an SEL Coach and what do they do
  • How to embed SEL into core academics
  • Coaching teachers, paraprofessionals, and long-term substitutes in effective needs programs
  • Working as an itinerant SEL coach on different campuses
  • Why coaches need to support all teachers, not only the struggling ones
  • Differentiating coaching support based on needs
  • Tracking social and behavioral goals
  • Collaborating with BCBAs, school psychologists, counselors, and special education admin
  • Improving teachers’ confidence
  • Ideas for creating a community among teachers not working in the same school building
  • Defining your role and sharing it with teachers and staff
  • How to navigate awkward conversations and communicate effectively
  • Planning instruction that supports student behaviors and social-emotional learning
  • Developing a common language to talk about SEL
  • How to encourage a teacher who may not be excited to start a new SEL curriculum
  • Ideas for building relationships with all stakeholders
  • How Maria builds trust and advocates for the people she supports
  • Setting goals and finding your why
  • Maria’s unique education and experience
  • Tools to track your effectiveness as a coach, including the Transformational Coaching Rubric
  • Her biggest challenges as a first-year SEL coach
  • How to fail forward
  • The importance of regulating your emotions, self-care, and reflection as a coach
  • How to transition to an SEL coaching role

In the episode, I mention a couple of resources for coaches that I think you’ll love. 

  1. If you're looking to build relationships and set a strong foundation for your coaching work, I have a free startup email course for you. There are videos and articles to help new and seasoned coaches get started coaching on the right foot. Scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up by entering your email address. 
  2. I also have a resource for you in my TPT store, all about SEL for teachers. It’s called SEL Tools for Instructional Coaches & Admin to Use with Teachers. This product includes activities, check-ins, surveys, and discussion slides that will help you support teachers through SEL in the way that they need to be supported by their coach.

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

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If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Technology Coaching with Italy Wallace, Ep. 106 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Many instructional coaches have felt like tech coaches since the onset of COVID. Coaches spent a lot of time during the pandemic supporting teachers, troubleshooting, and figuring out how to best use technology with students. But true technology coaching is so much more!

On episode 106 of The Coaching Podcast, I talk with instructional technology coach Italy Wallace about what it really takes to be a tech coach. We discuss what technology coaches do, the services they offer, and how their work enhances instruction.

Being a tech coach is such a great position right now because there's so much incredible technology that can be integrated into learning. As a technology coach, you can help teachers harness that potential.

Check out the entire episode to learn all about technology coaching!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 106 - Technology Coaching with Italy Wallace

  • The role of technology coaches and the services they offer
  • What a “typical day” looks like for a tech coach
  • Connecting with teachers through morning rounds
  • Differences between coaching and administration
  • The three E's
  • How to focus on instruction and not get stuck in the tech help role
  • Similarities and differences between technology coaches and tech specialists
  • Using surveys, logs, and rubrics to track the impact of coaching and support teacher reflection
  • The biggest challenges facing instructional technology coaches
  • How technology can help bridge gaps and enhance learning
  • Finding your "why"
  • How to get started as a technology coach today

In this episode, Italy and I talk about using surveys and forms to get input from teachers. I think doing this is so valuable that I created a resource for you. It's called, Teacher Feedback Surveys for Instructional Coaching - Printable and Google Forms. There are 19 surveys, including technology, science, math, literacy, teacher interest, post-coaching cycle, and more. You can grab this resource and many others in my TPT store.

Ready to listen? You can listen below with the media player, or search for Buzzing with MS. B: The Coaching Podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

What Makes a Math Coach Special with Staci Erickson, Ep. 105 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Do you want to learn more about the many coaching opportunities available in education?

This month on The Coaching Podcast we're starting a new series about different coaching positions and I can't wait. I'm calling it "A Place for Everyone". We'll explore various coaching roles and learn directly from coaches working in the field.

I wanted to begin the series with a math coach because I get a lot of questions about their role and whether general strategies will transition to this very specific type of coaching. To help us learn more, I invited Staci Erickson of Math Coach Minute to the show to talk about coaching math. Staci is a math instructional coach in Texas and she does fantastic work with her teachers.

In this episode, we talk about what makes a math coach special and unique from other types of instructional coaches. Staci shares the journey she took to become a coach, details on her current role, and what you need to know to become a math coach. She tells us about some of her biggest challenges, how she helps her teachers break down state standards, and ways to create a safe space for teachers to discuss their work.

If you're a math coach or considering becoming one, this episode is for you. Tune in to learn more about what makes math coaches special and how they help their teachers grow in their practice.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 105 - What Makes a Math Coach Special with Staci Erickson

  • The lasting impact of supporting colleagues
  • What math coaches do
  • What a typical day looks like at school
  • Being the lone math coach in a district
  • Planning units with vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Analyzing and breaking apart TEKS and other state standards
  • How to differentiate yourself as a math coach
  • Training, schooling, and experience need to become a math coach
  • Tracking the effectiveness and impact of your coaching
  • Creating a safe space place for teachers to talk about their work
  • Examining data and having honest, productive conversations
  • What to say to teachers when you don't have the answers
  • Biggest challenges as a math coach
  • Common misconceptions about teaching math
  • What you need to know about getting started as a math coach
  • How to get to know your teachers, build relationships, and not take feedback personally
  • Transitioning to math coaching from another coaching position

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

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If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Making Teacher Reflection a Common Practice: A Coaching Call with Monika Puzio, Ep. 104 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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What are some things coaches can do to make teacher reflection a common practice?

When done regularly, teacher reflection can help educators improve their practice, better understand their students, and make more informed decisions about instruction. 

However, reflection isn't built into most professional learning or planning cycles. As a result, it can be difficult for coaches to find the time and space to encourage reflection among their teachers. 

On this episode, I have a coaching call with ELA coach Monika Puzio. During the show, we chat about how coaches can support teacher reflection, so that it becomes something they include regularly in their teaching cycle. 

This episode of The Coaching Podcast includes discussions about video coaching, using student work for reflection, tiering teacher support, and questions for reflection. You’ll learn strategies that you can start implementing right away to help your teachers become more reflective about their practice.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 104 - Making Teacher Reflection a Common Practice: A Coaching Call with Monika Puzio

  • Reflection as part of the coaching cycle
  • Encouraging reflective dialogue
  • How to tier reflection for teachers 
  • Helping new teachers reflect on their practice
  • What to do when you need to take a step back and change your coaching plans
  • Using student work as a starting point for reflection
  • How to transition reflection from student work to teacher practice
  • Questions to ask for reflection 
  • Building reflection into a planning cycle
  • Reflecting on the intentions of lessons
  • Ways to use video coaching for reflection

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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