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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Get ready to start practicing with Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast Episode 12. Happy coaching!

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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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