Saturday, May 23, 2020

How to Get Your Foot in the Door for Instructional Coaching Support, Ep. 18: The Coaching Podcast

Do you feel like it's impossible to start coaching in classrooms? Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, especially when teachers have not had experience working with an instructional coach, or if they've had bad experiences! This episode explains six different ideas for getting yourself in the door to start instructional coaching! Number six is my favorite! Learn about goal-setting, starting with a friendly, and how to do a low-key pop-in!Have you ever had the metaphorical or maybe actual door slammed in your face? We’ve all had teachers shut us down or refuse to let us in the door.
 
How do we fix this? Two words: credibility and empathy.
 
We become a coach that is not only credible but also empathetic. If you’re just empathetic, they won’t believe that you can help them.
  
If you’re just credible, they won’t believe that you care. In this episode of Buzzing with Ms. B I will give you six ways to open that door that has been metaphorically (or literally) slammed in your face.
   
One of the biggest things you can do is clarify your role. Often, teachers don’t see us as “helpers” because of past experiences with other coaches or maybe they have a bad perception of you. Make sure your teachers know who you are and what your role is. You can do this in a formal way with a group PowerPoint or with something more casual by hosting a Coffee with a Coach. Find out how both options work and get a great resource tip by tuning into Episode 18.
 
I said you have to be credible and empathetic, right? This second tip is all about empathy. You can start opening a closed door by popping in to simply say “hello” to a teacher. This check in is all about how the teacher is doing as a person. If you bring a treat, you might even win a few bonus points.
 
A huge tip is starting with a friendly. A friendly is a teacher who wants your help. Why start here? Well a friendly teacher acts as a commercial for you. It can even help with those teachers who fall into the sixth tip: complainers. You can learn more about how to deal with complaints and why friendlies are the way to start by listening to the full episode.
   
Opening a closed door is never easy. It’s going to take time, and you’re going to have to repeat the process more than once. It’s just a fact of life. However, if you follow any of these six tips that you hear about in Episode 18 Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast and they work, let me know by giving me a shout out using #buzzingaboutcoaching. Opening a close door can be difficult, but you can start by tuning into Episode 18 to get all six great tips. Happy Coaching!
 
  
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Learn more
Reasons Teachers Might Be Resistant to Change
Coaching Teachers Who Don't Want You Around

Introducing Yourself as an Instructional Coach

Helpful resources 
Coaching in Classrooms Slide Show & Forms
Sticky Note Messages for Instructional Coaches

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Having difficult conversations with teachers, Ep. 17 of The Coaching Podcast

Have you put off having difficult or sensitive conversations with teachers because you were afraid of how they would go? Maybe you weren't sure how to start or how to address an important topic about issues of identity such as race, gender, or classism.

In this episode, I chat with school counselor Stephanie Reyna about some tools and ideas that instructional coaches can use when communicating about difficult topics effectively, in a way that can create lasting change.  


Learn more
Reasons Teachers Might Be Resistant to Change
Coaching Teachers Who Don't Want You Around

Six Tips for Providing Constructive Feedback to Teachers

Helpful resources 
Positive Digital Notes for Teachers
Coaching in Classrooms
Sticky Note Messages for Instructional Coaches

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Understanding Teacher Resistance and Responding Effectively, Ep. 16: The Coaching Podcast

When teachers are resistant to coaching, instructional coaches feel it, big time.
  
Teachers push back  on instructional coaching in different ways but the result is the same: change does not happen in that classroom.
  
In this episode, you'll learn about two different types of resistance and how understanding the reasons for resistance can help you respond effectively to encourage change!

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Reasons Teachers Might Be Resistant to Change
Coaching Teachers Who Don't Want You Around


Helpful resources 
Positive Digital Notes for Teachers
Coaching in Classrooms

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Seven Steps for Purposeful PLCs: Ep. 15 of The Coaching Podcast

 Too many PLCs could have been an email. It's the truth right? Sometimes administrators use PLCs as times to disseminate information to teachers without any real "community" aspect and they walk away with a series of directives or nothing at all.   Instead of holding PLCs that impact no one and change nothing, instructional coaches can follow this seven-step process for creating PLCs that work!   Learn about why norms are so important, how to set an accountability piece for follow-up, and how to get the most out of data and learning PLCs!Have you ever heard the dreaded phrase, “this could have been an email,” as teachers walked out of your PLC?
 
Too often PLCs are there to inform on things that need to change or events going on, but when people leave, nothing changes.
  
Why doesn’t anything change? Because we didn’t make a plan for them to change. In Episode 15 of Buzzing with Ms. B I’ll talk about using a 7 step structure to create a purposeful PLC!  
  
To start, you want to do four “pre-planning” activities: Review Norms, Check-In, State Your Purpose, and Identify Roles.
 
Reviewing norms is simple! It doesn’t have to be a long speech. In fact, it can be a quick anchor chart you use to simply say, “These are my expectations during the meeting.”
 
Afterwards, you can check-in. Checking-In is so important because it’s an accountability piece for your teachers and for you! If teachers know you are going to check-in with them, they are going to be better prepared. You can find out more about why this is so important by going back and listening to Episode 14 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
 
Before you get to brass tacks, you need to state what you plan on getting done and what people are going to walk away with. This step is what separates the emails from the meetings. Walking way with something is vital. Listen to Episode 15 to find out why. If you want even more information on why this is vital, tune into my conversation with Lynn Mussle in Episode 9 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
 
Finally, you want to identify roles. Everyone needs to know what they are expected to do. These four pre-planning activities should never take more than 10 minutes to get done otherwise you will not get to the fifth step. While these first four pieces of the structure should not take long, they should never be skipped! If you don’t figure out a flow, your meetings will not be worth it!
 
Once you have everything ready and the flow is set, you can conduct your business. This is where you will do some collaborative planning or a data dig. Anything that you need to accomplish is done after you have all of your groundwork covered. You can find out how to do an amazing collaborative planning session by checking out Episode 7, a delicious data dig by turning into Episode 8, and listen all of Episode 15 to hear great PLC ideas!
 
After you’re finished with your business, there are two more steps that you don’t want to miss out on to finish out this PLC. Turn into the full episode of Buzzing with Ms. B the Coaching Podcast Episode 15 to find out what they are!

We all want our PLCs to be dynamic and meaningful. Follow this structure and you’ll not only see a better PLC, but also a better learning environment. Happy Coaching!
 
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

How Aligning Instructional Strategies Can Support Your Coaching Work: Ep. 14 of The Coaching Podcast

Some teachers hear the word "alignment" and cringe. They worry that they'll lose their individuality or that everyone will have to be "on the same page", literally. But there are some effective ways to align instruction that don't involve synchronized page-turning. In this episode, I share the reason and method for aligning instructional strategies! Instructional coaches who listen in will learn how to follow a process for aligning instructional strategies to maximize teacher effectiveness and your collaborative planning, too!Have you ever asked a teacher for an idea on how to teach something and been met with crickets? Sometimes they'll say, "Well, I'll ask if anyone knows what it means and then I'll tell them what it is and we'll do the handout."
 
Why does that happen?! Well, it could be that they don't know any instructional strategies. If this is true in your school, every time you try to plan collaboratively with teachers, you’re going to be spending all of your PLC time teaching strategies, and you’ll have no time to build content together.
   
So, how can you teach your teachers strategies without spinning your wheels? It's easier than you think, and I spell it out in episode 14 of The Coaching Podcast.
   
To start, you want to choose your top five high impact strategies. These strategies need to be engaging, purposeful, and some should be hands-on. The purpose of strategies is to give the students a tool to help them learn better across the content and grade levels. Therefore, by teaching strategies to teachers, you are helping to foster better learning in the classroom. If you don’t know which five strategies to work on, listen to all of Episode 14 to hear my top 5!
   
In order to start teaching strategies to your teachers, you want to first plug them into your coaching calendar. Decide what you are going to focus on with who and when! This will help you plan out your year to be as effective as possible. In the episode, I share a few different ways to get your strategies into teachers' toolboxes.
 
Once teachers are rolling, you want to give credit where credit is due. There are so many ways you can do this from teacher features, sharing in PLCs, and more! Learn more about giving your teachers a well-deserved pat on the back by turning into Episode 14 of Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast!
  
If you're ready to work with your teachers to learn different strategies they can use to be more successful throughout the year, these methods will definitely help. Remember to tune in to Episode 14 of Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast for the full details. Happy coaching!
       
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Professional Development Toolkit for Coaches


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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Why & how to build content knowledge & a common language: Ep 13 of the Coaching Podcast

Have you ever sat in a PLC with your teachers, trying to discuss best practices or strategies, and realized, "We're not speaking the same language"?

Coaching is difficult for a variety of reasons, but it becomes more difficult when you and your teachers can’t communicate because you don’t have the same content knowledge or a common language.
 
To get over this hurdle, I have six great tips in Episode 13 of Buzzing with Ms. B.

#1 Get into those classrooms

Whenever you want a teacher to know how to do something, you can make it happen by showing them. It’s not easy to take something someone says to you and just throw it into your classroom.
  
However, if a teacher sees you teaching a strategy in their classroom, they are more likely to understand what you’re trying to convey.
  
I found this to be really useful when working with a teacher who was struggling with their students understanding context clues. Find out how I helped her over this hurdle by tuning into the full episode!

#2 Use your teachers as models
Another way to help create a common content knowledge and language is to utilize your teachers! When you have a teacher who is phenomenal with a certain strategy in a certain content area, use those teachers to your advantage!
  
Sometimes teachers are more receptive to learning from someone who is in the classroom full time instead of a coach. Finding a great teacher who is willing to help you out can make a huge difference with you and your teachers!

#3 Pass the Paper
If you’re struggling with common language and content knowledge, a great what to assess where you’re at is with pass the paper which is another great tip !
 
With this exercise, you start with teachers in small groups. If you have four to a table, you write four different concepts on top of each piece of paper and set a timer. Each teacher starts out with one of the pieces of paper. While the timer is ticking, have your teachers write everything they know about that topic. When the timer goes off, pass the paper around. Once everyone has seen each piece of paper, you can have a meaningful conversation about the topics.
 
These are just three of the tips I share to help you build common language and content knowledge, but there are three more that you have to hear to believe including my favorite: 10-Minute Content Builder. Tune into Episode 13 of Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast to hear about all of these tips and how they can work for you! Happy Coaching!
  
Build common language and content knowledge with your teachers wwith Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast Episode 13. Happy coaching!

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Five Tips for Better Professional Development
Six Must-Use Strategies for PD


Helpful resources 
Content Building Guides: Reading Genres 
Content Building Guides: Reading Comprehension Strategies
Balanced Literacy Sorts

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

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