Monday, February 6, 2023

Imposter Syndrome in Instructional Coaching, Ep. 131 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Welcome to Season 4 of Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast! I’m so excited for this season because every single episode topic and guest came from a request, question, or challenge that you have as a coach.

I sent out a survey to everyone on my email list and then compiled it all to create the episodes for this season. The biggest collection of responses is a set that I categorized as the human side of coaching.

There's one thing we know that we're going to deal with as instructional coaches and that’s feelings. We can't just walk into a classroom and say “this is what you do, let's get a move on everybody”. It doesn't work that way. We need to make sure we approach our work from a human perspective.

I'm kicking this season off with a three-month series all about working with the people we coach. We're going to talk about relationships, toxic environments, communicating with teachers/administrators, and mindset. We're starting it with this episode about impostor syndrome in instructional coaching.

Some people say imposter syndrome is a thing and some people say it isn't. Impostor syndrome, to me, is the feeling that you don't have the authority, the knowledge, the experience, or the credibility to be doing what you're doing. You feel like you have no authority to do it, and that other people shouldn't listen to you. You're basically always saying to yourself, “who would listen to me? I don't even know what I'm talking about. I'm just making it up as I go.”

Let me let you in on a little secret, we’re all making it up as we go. I'm making it up as I go. Nobody has it all figured out, even if they pretend that they do!

The big problem with thinking that we aren’t worth listening to is that it shows up in the way we interact with teachers. So, in this episode, I talk about where imposter syndrome comes from, why coaches suffer from it, and how we can overcome it.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 131 - Imposter Syndrome in Instructional Coaching

  • What is imposter syndrome
  • Where does impostor syndrome come from
  • How our self-image and self-talk affect our coaching work
  • Why instructional coaches have imposter syndrome
  • Why we need to work through imposter syndrome
  • Why you don’t need to be an expert on everything to be an effective instructional coach
  • What I would do if I could start over again
  • Ideas for changing our self-talk
  • How to craft a positive coaching statement to help us gear up for those days that we know are going to be extra challenging

You'll also learn about my new favorite things segment of the show that was inspired by a listener’s suggestion.

I think you’re going to get a lot of this episode on imposter syndrome in instructional coaching. If any of this resonates with you, I want you to take a screenshot of this episode and share it on my Instagram @ buzzingwithmsb.

I also have a free webinar called Dare to Coach. It’s a collaboration with Nicole s Turner from Simply Coaching and Teaching. It’s one of our coffee and coaching sessions. It gives you great ideas for how you can get into classrooms, even if you're feeling like the teachers don't want you around. It gives you practical tips for what you can dare to do to actually get into those rooms and do your jobs.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Simple Behavior Management Plan for Coaches, Ep. 130 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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My administration used to ask me to coach in classrooms with no discernible behavior plan, aside from maybe yelling or punishment. I really wanted to avoid those rooms because it was stressful to coach in them. Since I couldn’t run away, I had to figure out a plan that worked when I was coaching on campus. 

Over time, I created a proactive and positively framed management system for coaching in the classroom. My simple behavior management plan increases positive behaviors and helps reduce power struggles with students. You can use it whenever you model or co-teach in classrooms without a system in place. It worked for me and I think it can help you too.

In this episode, I discuss my simple behavior management plan for coaches and how to use it. I share stories about the classrooms I worked in and how the lessons I learned helped me develop it. You’ll hear about the three expectations I teach students and how I introduce them. Listen to learn practical ideas for using this proactive management plan when coaching teachers.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 130 - A Simple Behavior Management Plan for Coaches

  • How to use the plan to coach teachers in classroom management before, during, and after the lesson
  • Being transparent with teachers that you are supporting student behaviors so they don’t assume the kids are acting better just because you’re there
  • The three expectations I teach when I model or co-teach in classrooms without a clear behavior management
  • Reducing power struggles with students
  • Identifying and recognizing positive student behaviors
  • Setting student goals around classroom expectations
  • Using this purposeful behavior management plan as a bridge to modeling or co-teaching
You can grab your free copy of the Behavior Management Plan for Coaches by entering your email below. It includes all the details on how to use this simple behavior plan.

Season 3 Final Episode

This is the last episode of Season 3, but don't worry, new episodes will be back in February 2023. In the meantime, I'll be busy planning content for Season 4 and need your help. I want to make sure I'm creating episodes that you want and that help in your coaching work. To ensure I focus on the right topics, I'm asking for your feedback. There are three ways that you can help me plan for Season 4.
  1. Share your favorite takeaways and tag me at Buzzing with Miss B on Instagram
  2. Take my podcast feedback survey at http://www.buzzingwithmsb.com/Feedback
  3. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts
Between seasons is the perfect opportunity to catch up on any episodes you might have missed this year. Listen to all the episodes of The Coaching Podcast on your favorite podcast player! You can find the show notes for all the episodes with helpful links and resources here on my website.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Behavior Support: A Coaching Call with Brandy Brown, Ep. 129 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Lately, instructional coaches are being asked to coach more around classroom management and positive behavior support. This can feel daunting, especially for coaches who are more comfortable with curriculum and instruction than behavior management.

I know when I was a new coach, this was hard for me. It’s still something I continually learn about because there’s always something new out there to try, and management impacts so much in the classroom. That’s why I know you’re going to get a lot out of this podcast. 

In this episode, I have a coaching call with Brandy Brown about behavior support. Brandy is currently a K-2 academic coach in Georgia. Before COVID, she focused mostly on instructional coaching, but now that teachers are reporting increased behavior concerns, she's being called to help with that too.

During the call, we problem solve some challenges she's facing in her coaching work. We talk about coaching teachers on behavior management and some simple strategies to try in the classroom. I share ways to handle teachers' objections and why it's important to push teachers to grow their practice. We also discuss using the PBIS framework her school has in place to develop a common language among the staff and communicate expectations to the students.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 129 - Behavior Support: A Coaching Call with Brandy Brown

  • Tips for coaching teachers on classroom management and behavior support
  • Using video coaching with teachers who don't notice the same things the coach is seeing
  • Getting teachers to trust you by being vulnerable and putting yourself out there even when it's not comfortable
  • The benefits of talking to other coaches and building a coaching network
  • Ideas to try with teachers who say they have tried everything and there is nothing more they can do
  • Conducting instructional rounds focused on management
  • Creating an aligned school-wide behavior program so all staff use a common language and communicate the same expectations to students
  • Using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school-wide
  • Setting goals and addressing them during PLCs
  • Breaking down behavior data and looking for trends
  • How to respond to teachers who say "I don't think that will work" after they asked for your help
  • Being a firm demander
  • What to do when teachers say that the students behave better when you model because you're a guest

I absolutely loved my conversation with Brandy because she was sharing challenges common to all coaches. You won’t want to miss this informative episode!

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Engagement & Classroom Community as Behavior Supports with Caitie Cupples, Ep. 128 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Hey coaches! 

This month on The Coaching Podcast we’re talking all about how coaches can support teachers by growing their behavior management practices. Last week, we talked about anti-racist behavior management with Dr. Deonna Smith.

This week I'm chatting with Caitie of Caitie Cupples Teaching about engagement & classroom community as behavior supports. Caitie is a former teacher turned instructional coach. She offers online resources to support teachers with building classroom community, social-emotional learning, positive behavior strategies, and more.

During the interview, we chat about developing relationships with students, building a positive classroom community, and proactively teaching problem-solving skills. Caitie also shares ways to involve families, add more social-emotional learning into the curriculum, and help students learn self-regulation. We discuss how behavior management supports academic learning and the importance of being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to addressing student behavior. 

If you want to learn more about how you can support teachers with engagement & classroom community as behavior supports, be sure to listen to the entire episode.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 128 - Engagement & Classroom Community as Behavior Supports with Caitie Cupples

  • Building a classroom community by developing relationships and keeping students engaged 
  • Fostering four key relationships - teacher to student, teacher to family, student to student, student to self
  • How behavior skills support academics
  • Ideas for building relationships at the beginning of the year and sustaining them throughout the school year
  • Use modeling, role-playing, read-alouds, and classroom agreements to encourage teamwork in the classroom
  • Developing school and classroom cultures that support social and emotional learning
  • Helping teachers become aware of how their personality, behavior, and interactions impact classroom communities
  • Challenges involved in coaching teachers on behavior supports
  • The importance of district/school-wide policies and professional development for shifting mindset and culture
  • Four ways schools can build bridges with families and develop productive relationships with them
  • Ideas for communicating with families and developing positive connections
  • Planning for engagement
  • Teaching students problem-solving strategies
  • Being proactive and preventing behavior problems
  • Strategies for supporting student behavior and preventing misbehavior during transitions and other unstructured times
  • How to respond to significant behavior in a way that's constructive, respectful, and doesn't damage students' self-worth, relationships with each other, or with the teacher
  • Reflecting on routines, procedures, and other behavior supports during the school year
  • Using the 2 X 10 relationship-building strategy to develop connections with a student or small group of students
  • Integrating social-emotional learning into the curriculum and building peer relationships
  • Using video, modeling, co-teaching, and co-planning to improve teacher practice
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Saturday, November 5, 2022

Anti-Racist Behavior Management with Dr. Deonna Smith, Ep. 127 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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I know these last couple of school years have been really hard for everyone. Two years of instability and trauma have impacted students, parents, teachers, and the school system overall.

Instructional Coaches are often asked to focus on the instructional side of the work, but we all know that if classroom management isn't in place, nothing else is going to happen in that classroom. This month, I'm releasing a series of podcast episodes around behavior management because I've gotten so many questions about it recently.

In episode 127 of The Coaching Podcast, I talk with Dr. Deonna Smith about anti-racist behavior management and making classrooms more inclusive for everyone. Dr. Smith is a school administrator who also works with teachers across the country to help them start, sustain, and scale their equity work.

During the show, she talks about the historic and systemic problems with schools and behavior management, bridging the gap between teachers and students, and creating a positive classroom community for all. We also talk about why cultural awareness matters, ways to make culture visible in the classroom, and so much more.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about anti-racist behavior management and how you can help educators break harmful biased practices.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 127 - Anti-Racist Behavior Management with Dr. Deonna Smith

  • Historical and systemic problems with schools and behavior management
  • Understanding systemic racism and helping educators break down harmful practices
  • Why cultural awareness matters
  • Developing cultural understanding to bridge the gap between teachers and students
  • Making culture visible in the classroom and creating a positive environment for all
  • How anti-racist behavior management differs from the way that people often approach management in the classroom
  • Being proactive and setting expectations at the beginning of the year rather than responding to behavior later on
  • Creating a classroom community of care and accountability that supports behavior in a positive way
  • How the last two years have affected children's behavior and what you can do to help students
  • Staying positive when things get tough by focusing on small changes
  • Finding your people so you don't have to go it alone
  • The impact of culture and family on school experience and family participation
  • Ways schools can build bridges and include families in the school community
  • Designing instructional time to help students regulate their emotions and feel secure
  • Using meeting circles to build a classroom community where all students are included and feel valued

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Coaching Cycles: A Coaching Call with Malia Oshiro, Ep. 126 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Any instructional coach who has tried to initiate coaching cycles on their campus knows how complicated and challenging it can be. We struggle to build relationships with teachers and help them understand how coaching cycles can support them, rather than being one more thing added to their plates. It's also difficult to make time for cycles when coaches are pulled in so many different directions, whether that's by administrators who don't understand our role, or because of the current needs of the school.

In this episode of The Coaching Podcast, you get to listen in on a coaching call as I help a coach troubleshoot their coaching cycles. Malia Oshiro is an itinerant coach working with secondary schools in her district. During the show, we talk about building foundational relationships with teachers, ways to get them on board with coaching cycles, and how to make them work when you have too much to do and too little time.

If you're struggling to get started with coaching cycles on your campus, or if you're looking for ways to make them more effective, this episode is for you! I know you'll walk away with something valuable that you can try out tomorrow. Listen now!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 126 - Coaching Cycles: A Coaching Call with Malia Oshiro

  • How to get in the habit of asking teachers questions to move the conversation forward
  • Ways to build relationships when you work with multiple schools
  • Gaining momentum by working with teachers who ask for help and leveraging that success to get into other classrooms
  • Supporting teachers when you don't have experience in a specific content area
  • Transitioning from remote to in-person learning
  • How to introduce yourself and get teachers engaged in a dialogue quickly
  • Ideas for explaining your role to teachers and clarifying incorrect assumptions about your coaching job
  • Tips for building relationships and community with teachers
  • Strategies for prioritizing coaching responsibilities
  • Talking to administration when your time is being used for things other than coaching
  • The teacher shortage and how to use class coverage as an opportunity for coaching

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