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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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.  


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

Six Tips for Providing Constructive Feedback to Teachers

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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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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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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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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Building practice into coaching support models with Gretchen Bridgers, Ep. 12: The Coaching Podcast

It's great to have strategies, resources, meetings, and plans when you're coaching teachers.

However, what happens when all that goes nowhere? Sometimes there is a disconnect between “Getting It” and “Doing It”, also known as the “Get It-Do It Gap.”

How do you break this cycle? You listen to Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast Episode 12.
 
Gretchen Bridgers of Always a Lesson is jumping in on the conversation today to help us learn the value of practicing! Gretchen has had her hands in several facets of education including being a K-12 coach.

Currently, she is a consultant for individual teachers and school staff who seek her amazing service as well as a full-time mom.
 
When we are working with teachers, we need to make sure they are taking the strategies and skills we are working on in the coaching cycle and applying it in the classroom all the time. One of the best ways to do this is to practice!

Practicing is the most important thing you can do because it makes teachers more effective. When you are building that culture of practice, the first step is making it normal. You want to get everyone involved! Have one person be the teacher and the other be a misbehaving student (which can be so fun!) and another be an observer.
  
While you’re practicing, you need to make sure feedback is being provided! Then, once feedback has been given, practice again! You can’t practice one time and call it a day. Practice makes perfect. Find out what practice should look like, how you can put it into your coaching cycle, and a variety of strategies you can use by tuning into Episode 12.
  
You never want to overwhelm a teacher. Not when you’re coaching. Not when you’re practicing. You want to be nit-picky about what you are focusing on even in practice. It can be intimidating to have someone watch you for a full hour and there’s so much to unpack. Focus in on one idea so you’re not overwhelmed and neither is your teacher.
  
There’s so much to consider when you are coaching practicing that you have to tune in to hear all of the great advice that Gretchen has for us including how to work with the teacher who likes to wing it!
 
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Emotional Wellness in the Time of the Coronavirus: Bonus Episode: Coaching Podcast

How are we supposed to do this? It's a simple question that has many of us taking our stress levels to the absolute max right now.
 
How am I going to reach my teachers? How can I ensure my students are getting what they need? How can I help my own children learn and grow during these uncertain times?

I’m here with my sister-in-law Stephanie Reyna who is a school counselor and a former fifth grade teacher. Stephanie is passionate about education and mental health and is here today to tell us in this Bonus Episode of Buzzing with Ms. B how to stay mentally healthy during a pandemic.
 
Right now, anxiety is high for students, teachers, parents - literally everyone! There are many signs of anxiety that you want to look out for in yourself as well as with your students.
  
Stephanie talks about the fight, flight, and freeze signs you can look out for with your students and children as well as what anxiety can look like in adults. Recognizing anxiety is a big first step in self-care so make sure you listen to the full episode to see those “warning signs.”
 
While this is a time of high anxiety, there are ways to lower your stress level. One way is to flip your thoughts from negative to positive. Find out how to use this simple tool by tuning into the full episode.
 
To find a sense of normalcy, don’t throw out the book. Look at what you are doing right now or what you would be doing and move it over to a digital format. You do not need to re-invent the wheel right now; in fact, doing so would cause more stress and anxiety.
  
I think my favorite part of this episode is when Stephanie talks about how to find ways for you and your students to feel “normal” by sticking to some routines. It was such good, sound advice that I know will impact your distance teaching!
  
During this troubling time, focusing on a few important things will help: consistency, communication, and compassion. Knowing what you can do and what you can’t is going to be a big part of getting through this. Listen to the Bonus Episode of Buzzing with Ms. B to help find ways to collaborate with others, set up your new normal, and more! 
 
Remember you are not alone. We are going to do the best we can today. We’re going to make it. We are resilient. Happy coaching!
 
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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Using Google Apps for Distance Learning: Bonus episode: The Coaching Podcast

In this crazy mixed up world we are living in, how can we create as much normalcy for our students?
 
While we can’t make everything “the way it was” there are ways to continue to provide excellent education with feedback using online tools. 

Ben Beltran, my brother, is a teacher with five years of experience, and a baseball and football coach extraordinaire is here to talk to us about what Google can do for you during this time of uncertainty. 

With our classroom sitting empty, it’s hard to know the best way to reach our students. One of the best ways to help your students continue to learn while giving them all that great feedback is through Google Apps.
 
I know what you’re thinking, there are so many out there, how do I know which one to use? 
 
The good news is you can use them all for different purposes while keeping everything organized and working ahead for next year!

Google Apps like Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides all have similar features of the Office products we are all familiar with. The biggest difference is how you can use them to collaborate and share information with students and teachers. Find out all the great benefits of these apps by tuning into the full Bonus Episode of Buzzing with Ms. B.

While we all might be familiar with the above Google Apps, there’s one Google App that is really the start of the show: Google Forms. In Google Forms you can create  virtual test, make a choose your own adventure assignment, and so much more! My brother Ben has some great ways to use this fantastic app in your classroom so tune in to find out what you can do to make your virtual classroom rock.

Speaking of virtual classrooms, where should you put all of these amazing resources that you’re creating? Right onto your Google Classroom. A Google Classroom is a virtual classroom that allows you to collaborate with teachers, coaches, administrators, and your students. Together you are your co-workers can create dynamic lessons for your students to get lost in, but you’ll have to listen to the Bonus Episode of Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast to find out exactly how! You’ll even find ways to boost the morale of your teachers using this amazing resource!

We have all been thrown into a troubling time. We don’t know when we will see the inside of the classroom or our students and that can make us feel lonely and lost. However, together with the help of Google we can make learning and collaborating feel almost like normal which is the best we can do for now. Happy Coaching! 

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

What to do When You Feel Like a Failure, The Coaching Podcast, Ep. 11

When you ask instructional coaches how they feel, you get some pretty depressing answers. "Lonely", "frustrated", and "overwhelmed," are common, but so is "I feel like a failure." That is such a terrible feeling! If you're feeling like a failure, just know that we've all been there. We've all felt like we're spinning our wheels, trying to motivate ourselves to solve the same problems and work with the same challenging teachers, year after year. Instead of wallowing in despair, listen in to these nine strategies that you can use to stop feeling like a failure. Because we're all learning how to do the tough work of coaching, and you're not a failure. Frustrated. Lonely. Unsure. Bummed. Defeated. Ineffective.  Overworked. Overwhelmed. How often have you used these words to describe how you're feeling about your coaching work? I know I have.
    
Coaching is hard and it brings out all sorts of emotions. Even though you might be feeling down, there are ways to boost yourself up when you are feeling like a failure.
  
#1 Plan It Out

A big reason you might be feeling stressed and bummed is because we simply spread ourselves too thin as coaches. There are so many things we have to do that being overwhelmed is sometimes just part of the job. To combat these feelings there are a few things you can do:

1. Come up with three goals you want to accomplish this year on your campus.
2. Write down everything you have to do on your calendar. These are things you have zero control over. Do this on Friday afternoon or Monday morning so you know what your week is going to look like ahead of time. 
3. Look at your discretionary time. Plug in your goals at least once a week. If you know where you're headed and you actually take the time to do that work, you will feel more effective in your coaching work!
 
If you’re unsure what kind of goal you want to set or maybe you’re not sure what those “have to dos” truly are, tune into Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 11 for some helpful hints.
 
#2 Count Your Impacts

 
This is a lot like counting those blessings but with a twist. When you’re feeling down, think about a teacher that you’ve made a big impact on. Then, write down all of the wins you have had with that teacher and those students. When you are feeling down, check them out and remind yourself why you coach.
   
#3 Step Into Positivity

 
Do you need a quick pick-me-up? One of the best ways to get yourself into a great mood is to visit a great classroom. Choose a classroom that you really, truly enjoy and step inside for a while. When you get there, tell the teacher and students that you just want to see some great kids doing some awesome learning. This will not only make you feel great, but it will make the teacher and the students feel great as well.
   
Feeling down is never good. As a coach, your plate is full, but you need to take care of your mental health. A healthy coach is a happy coach after all. There are so many ways to boost yourself up when you are feeling like what you’re doing is not enough. I have six more amazing tips just for you! All you need to do is tune into Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 11 to hear them all.
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Two Different Models of Testing Support, The Coaching Podcast, Ep. 10

The conventional model of testing support usually looks like pulling small groups out for intervention. The instructional coach identified a group of kids who needs specialized support and works with them in their room, targeting their needs based on data. But is that the best, most impactful way to grow our students? In episode 10, I share two different models of testing support that could be exactly what you need to shake up your test prep. Instead of working with kids in an isolated group, make an impact on classrooms and the work of the teacher for the rest of their life. Change teaching and learning by implementing one of these methods on your campus!Testing season is upon us. If you'd rather sit in the closet crying than talk about it for one more minute, I am right there with you.
  
Testing is rough on everyone: students, teachers, and coaches. While testing is like walking through a dungeon with shackles on the walls, there is a way to get out of the traditional testing mode and make turn drudgery into something purposeful for teachers and kids.

You may have a principal who loves the "intervention model." In this model, you would probably end up pulling around five students in a gruop out to do an intervention group in hopes of boosting those test scores. If you have more than  one intervention group, you're stuck in the drudgery zone of test prep all day.
 
While this is the “tried and true” method, is it really effective? What does it really do? I have an unpopular view. From my perspective it takes you out of where you should be: in the classroom growing teachers.
  
When you have test-prep plans designed around this model, you're creating four problems. Listen to Episode 10 to discover what four mishaps are created with this traditional method!
 
If you’re tired of the “old fashioned” way and you’re ready to get onto something new, try one of these two methods: Push in Support or Co-Taught Test Prep
 
Push in Support

The Push in Support method puts you back into the classroom instead of pulling you out of it. With this method, you use data (learn more about data on Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 8) to determine who your target and bubble students are as well as what concepts need to be retaught or reviewed.
  
The Push in Support method allows you to work with either the target or the bubble group with the teacher supporting whichever group you’re not. It also provides sneaky coaching opportunities without stressing the teacher out. Find out how to provide Push in Support and how it can build lifelong skills for your teacher by listening to Episode 10 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
 
Co-Taught Test Prep

This method is hard but it has huge reward! With this method, you pull out students from a variety of classrooms who are struggling with the same concepts and work with them as one class! You identify one classroom teacher (who could use the co-teaching experience) and make them your buddy. You plan together, deliver lessons together, and then divide and conquer in small groups!
  
While using this method, you will have to change some schedules around. The two weeks of intensive learning will be hard on you and your schedule but it is so worth it. I have seen teachers completely change their classroom instruction and teaching philosophies after a couple weeks of co-teaching test prep.
   
Testing is one of the worst times of year. No one likes it, but (at least for now) it’s something we have to deal with in the teaching world. You can learn more about testing methods, co-teaching, and collaborative work by checking out Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast! Until next time, happy coaching!

Ready for the how-to? Listen here, or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify! Direct Link for Apple: https://apple.co/31bUNdN 


It's free download time! With this download, you can support your teachers in figuring out which students need intervention and what you're going to focus on, too!



Ready to learn more?
Getting Started with Data
Bridging Guided Reading to Test Prep
The Instructional Coaching Binder MegaPack: data forms and more!

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! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Creating Structures to Support Coaching and School Change, The Coaching Podcast, Ep. 9

Instructional coaches do their best work in environments that are set up to support coaching. But what does that environment look like? My guest on the podcast for episode 9 is Lynn Musel, my incredible principal. Lynn talks us through establishing systems for school change in which instructional coaching can thrive! Learn about how to work with teachers in a changing school and what characteristics are helpful for instructional coaches to demonstrate. Get the down low on how to initiatie conversations with teachers who aren't walking the walk and make a plan for talking to your administrator about how to support teachers through coaching!Coaching is hard work. It’s even harder if the structures you need to make the most impact are not in place.
 
In Episode 9 of Buzzing with Ms. B I sat down with my first principal as an instructional coach, Lynn Musel, to learn more about what structures should be in place to ensure coaches are being as effective as possible.
 
Lynn Musel has been in education for the last 30 years as a teacher and an administrator. Although she has recently retired, she still spends time mentoring teachers who are new to the profession.

One of the first things I asked Lynn was a pretty important question: what is the role of a coach? According to Lynn an instructional coach is everything!
 
You live in two worlds: the leadership world and the team member world. While living in both worlds you are wearing all of the following hats: supporter, cheerleader, analyzer, researcher, and friend.
  
These helpful, multiple-hat-wearing people are a huge asset to the school. Because coaches are so essential to growth, we need the structures there to to make sure we can accomplish the work of coaching.
      
So what structures matter the most?
 
To start, you absolutely need to create a professional learning community (PLC). This is a place where teachers can get together, plan together, and grow together. In addition to teachers meeting together, leaders need to meet as well. Leadership meetings give administrators and other support staff, like coaches, the opportunity to sit down and celebrate growth and to pinpoint some areas of concern. What do you do in PLC and leadership meetings? How should each of these be structured? Tune into Episode 9 of Buzzing with Ms. B to get the full scoop.
 
Data is another area you need to look at when you’re trying to help a campus grow. You need to have a structure in place that allows you to look at the data from the district all the way down to the student level. You can do this in a variety of ways and you can learn all about them in Episode 9.
  
A big part of data is accountability. Don’t be afraid to post your scores for each classroom in a place where only teachers and leaders will see it. Knowing that you are going to reflect on your scores, and that people are there to help you is vital to setting up a supportive and growth-based system for your teachers.
 
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Learn what Lynn means when she says, "Inspect what you expect," - which she said all the time- and so much more from this experienced mentor! This episode is packed with amazing tips, anecdotes, and more! Check out Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast Episode 9. Happy Coaching!
  
Ready for the how-to? Listen here, or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify! Direct Link for Apple: https://apple.co/31bUNdN 


Are you ready to make an impact with those hard-to-get-to teachers? Check out the Coaching Resistant Teachers Five Day (plus one) Challenge! It's got everything you need to change the trajectory of your coaching relationship.



Ready to learn more?

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! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Eight Tips for Digging into Data, The Coaching Podcast, Ep. 8

Data, data, data. Are all instructional coaches sick of talking about data yet? Sometimes we spend so much time working with the numbers that we don't get to the point of a data meeting: creating the plans. In episode 8, Eight Tips for Digging into Data, I share the most essential ideas for getting the most out of your next data meeting. Facilitate a data dig with your teachers that actually results in improved teaching and learning, and makes a difference to those students who need it most. Learn how to make plans that reflect the needs of the whole class as well as those of the individual students who need small group instruction. Make your next data review purposeful and impactful! Raise your hand if you have ever been in a data meeting where you set goals and walked away with no clue of what to do next.
 
I know I have been there plenty of times!
 
What’s wrong with this? Everything!
 
Teachers need to walk away with a plan in order for data or anything to be effective. How can you make data work for you? In this episode of Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast, I share 8 Tips for Digging into Data.
Tip #1: Set a purpose
First and foremost, you need to have a purpose for your data meeting. Purpose is what makes teachers feel like you haven’t just wasted their time. Trust me: you do not want to waste a teacher’s time! It is so precious!
Tip #2: No names
Once you start digging into the data, take away the scapegoat by leaving names off of the test results. If you have “Dylan” on the top of the page, the teacher is going to tell you everything Dylan was doing wrong while testing. Take this excuse away and let teachers see the data for what it is: facts. Yes, Dylan's behavior could absolutely influence his performance on a test, but sometimes having these personal feelings about students or their habits can get in the way of teachers noticing patterns across the class.
   
Tip #3: Bring the kids' actual tests
In order to be completely prepared, have your teachers bring in the actual tests the students took. With this, you can get more specific with areas of concern and areas that are mastered. In addition, you might find that the problem isn’t the content, but something different. Find out what that other problem might be by tuning into Episode 8 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
 
Data, data, data. Are all instructional coaches sick of talking about data yet? Sometimes we spend so much time working with the numbers that we don't get to the point of a data meeting: creating the plans. In episode 8, Eight Tips for Digging into Data, I share the most essential ideas for getting the most out of your next data meeting. Facilitate a data dig with your teachers that actually results in improved teaching and learning, and makes a difference to those students who need it most. Learn how to make plans that reflect the needs of the whole class as well as those of the individual students who need small group instruction. Make your next data review purposeful and impactful!
 Get the free data guide below!
Tip #4: Grab a blank copy, too
While teachers are bringing in the tests, have them throw in a blank copy so you can write down and discuss which concepts are golden and which ones may need some revisiting. By doing this, you are seeing what specifically needs to be worked on whole group and what needs to be worked on in smaller groups.
 
Data is such an important part of the coaching cycle. You want to make sure your data digs follow the four tips above, but there’s even more to think about than that! Tune into Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 8 to learn how to ensure teachers are walking away with a plan while using collaborative methods!

Ready for the how-to? Listen here, or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify! Direct Link for Apple: https://apple.co/31bUNdN 


It's free download time! With this download, you can lead a purposeful and thoughtful data PLC and plan lessons for whole group reteaching and small group intervention!


Ready to learn more?
Getting Started with Data
Four Things to Know About Data
The Instructional Coaching Binder MegaPack: data forms and more!

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! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Planning Collaboratively: Before, During & After PLC; Buzzing with Ms. B: Ep. 7

Facilitating a collaborative planning session can be overwhelming if you don't have a system or routine in place. This Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast provides steps to follow before, during, and after a planning PLC to make sure instructional coaches are preparing their teachers for success in planning together! Learn about howwe built a common language and strategies together, and get a free download for building content knowledge at the beginning of a planning PLC.
My first collaborative planning PLC was an absolute nightmare.
 
I walked into a room full of teachers and I was ready to rock-and-roll! I had ideas. I had a lesson plan format. I had mapped out exactly how this is going to go based on what you know the district expects. Sounds great right? I was prepared! (I even had snacks.)
 
This might not come as a surprise to you, but that is not how it went down. When you are walking into a collaboration session with teachers and you’re not speaking the same language, even the best-laid plans fall apart.
 
I know from personal experience. This is exactly what happened to me my second week at a new school. I began dreading PLC days and I had to force myself to go to work on Tuesdays...at first. You can hear how I turned it around by listening to Episode 7 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
 
If any of this sounds familiar, I'm sorry. Facilitating a PLC gone wrong is so uncomfortable and stressful! But never fear - because I have some great tips to help you collaborate with teachers that are super effective. This is a simple before, during, and after method that will make your PLCs productive and purposeful. (And you'll stop dreading them, too.)

Before the planning session
Let’s start with what you need to do before this meeting. First and foremost, make sure everyone is prepared! If teachers are walking in and saying, “Oh right! We’re talking about fiction today!” that is  not a good sign!
 
You also need to be prepared. Have a some extra ideas and resources just in case they're needed. You never know when a teacher is going to ask you about something new they can try. There are many ways you can make sure you and your teachers are prepared when they walk in, so make sure you listen to the full episode to find out how.

During the session
Now that you know where you're headed, what’s next? During the meeting you want to make sure everyone is on the same page and shared their content knowledge. You can do this by talking about the “Top Five” things teachers need to know about the content they’re going to be teaching. Learn more about the “Top Five” approach as well as how your planning session should look by listening to Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 7.

After the session
Finally, make sure everyone gets the notes. Whether you set up a rotation or have a designated note-taker, make sure someone (not you) is sending out what you talked about with enough time for people to prepare for their own classroom lessons.
 
Collaborating with teachers can be scary (especially if they aren’t friendlies), but coming in prepared, having a solid meeting structure, and some great follow up can make it one of the best tools in your coaching arsenal. Tune into Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 7 to get the full scoop. Happy Coaching!
 
Ready for the how-to? Listen here, or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify! Direct Link for Apple: https://apple.co/31bUNdN 



It's free download time! I'm so excited to offer you my Content Building One-Pager for fiction! Use this handy guide to get everybody on the same page and build a common language with accurate instructional information for teachers (and avoid misinformation like, "Fiction is fake!")


Ready to learn more?
Planning with Teachers
Balanced Literacy Sorts: build a common language
The Instructional Coaching Binder MegaPack: get organized!

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! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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