Saturday, August 13, 2022

Transformational Coaching with Becca Silver, Ep. 115 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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If you’re like most instructional coaches, you probably focus on content and skills when working with teachers. But what about mindset? 

On episode 115 of The Coaching Podcast, I’m joined by Becca Silver. She’s the CEO and Founder of The Whole Educator, which provides training in transformational coaching. Her company focuses specifically on utilizing teachers’ mindset and motivation to make a big impact on their effectiveness and resilience.

During the episode, Becca explains what transformation coaching is, how it’s different from traditional coaching, and the benefits of using it with teachers. You'll learn about reflective listening, how to build trust with teachers, and what to do if you're not seeing growth. She gives real-life examples from her work with educators and explains how to start using transformational coaching with your teachers today.  

This episode is packed with information, and I know you’ll walk away with new ideas for coaching your teachers. If you want to learn more about transformational coaching, listen to the full episode below.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 115 -Transformational Coaching with Becca Silver

  • What is transformation coaching
  • Growth vs. fixed mindset
  • Problematic mindsets including perfectionism, needing to be liked, and not feeling good enough
  • Why saying “should” is a red flag
  • Developing relationships purposefully with educators by finding things in common, being a good listener, and acknowledging their feelings
  • Reflective listening – what is it and what does it look like in action,
  • Why coaches need to practice their listening skills
  • Listening between people's words and identifying what’s important to them
  • Examples of transformational coaching dialogues and questions
  • Asking “why” and digging deeper with teachers
  • The transformational coaching cycle – similarities and differences from the traditional coaching cycle
  • Skill vs will
  • Intentionally building trust with teachers
  • Unpacking complaints and reframing them 
  • What to do if you’re not seeing growth in the classroom
  • How to start transformational coaching with teachers – Hint: It starts with you!
  • The importance of adjusting and modifying your approach
  • Different kinds of resistance from teachers
  • Results from transformational coaching
  • Why instructional coaches need coaching and training on adult learning
  • Differences between a coach and consultant

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

The First 20 Days of Coaching, Ep. 114 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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It’s time to start thinking about back to school. This August on the Coaching Podcast we’re chatting about how to get ready for the beginning of the year. I have a series of episodes lined up that will help you create a foundation for coaching and give you the tools so you can build on it for the rest of the school year.

In this episode, we’re talking about those all-important first 20 days of coaching. I give you week-by-week tasks to accomplish to set the groundwork for the year ahead.

The First 20 Days of Coaching

The first 20 days of coaching are similar to the first few weeks of teaching students. That first month of school is all about setting expectations, rituals, and routines. It’s the same with coaching.

During the first 20 days in my classroom, I got to know my kids and helped them get to know me. I also explicitly stated, what we were there to do, and what our jobs were during each component of the day. As an instructional coach, you do the same with teachers. You get to know your team, define your role, and set expectations.

Below is a week-by-week breakdown of what you can do to set yourself up for success. Of course, it’s flexible based on your school’s needs. Listen to the entire episode to get all the details.

Week 1

The focus of your first week of coaching is to situate yourself in the school. This includes getting an understanding of the school and introducing yourself.

This week you’ll

  • Review data from last year
  • Set realistic goals for your coaching work and have a conversation with your principal to define your role clearly
  • Create a document with those goals and post it somewhere you’ll see it all the time.
  • Make a coaching menu with a list of the coaching services you offer
  • Meet with each teacher socially
  • Set up your coaching space

Week 2

The second week is all about building relationships and providing casual support.

Some things you’ll do this week include

  • Putting your coaching schedule together
  • Designing any documents or systems needed for scheduling
  • Getting copies of your teachers’ schedules
  • Visiting classrooms and leaving positive notes about the great things you see in their rooms
  • Building a virtual classroom or newsletter with an About Me section
  • Planning a “Coffee with the Coach” session
  • Collaboratively define group norms with your teams
  • Providing classroom setup support as needed

Week 3

Week 3 focuses on learning all about your school and the staff.

Tasks for this week are

  • Organizing your coaching and curricular tools
  • Looking at state standards
  • Reviewing state and local assessments
  • Familiarizing yourself with the curriculum
  • Planning for your beginning of the year (BOY) data/assessments
  • Creating a survey asking teachers about the support they need

Week 4

Week four is focused on the classroom and getting everything you need set up for a successful year.

Some things that you’ll do this week include

  • Initiating coaching cycles with teachers who want to try them out
  • Building a document binder or virtual log for your coaching cycles and other work
  • Adding tools teachers need to your virtual classroom
  • Identifying PD opportunities
  • Checking in with your principal

There you have it. The steps you can take during the first 20 days of school. As I was planning this episode, I realized it would be helpful for coaches to have all the resources mentioned in this episode in one place. So, I decided to create a new product, First 20 Days of Instructional Coaching Start-Up Kit and Forms. It includes all the tools that you'll need to do the work I talk about during the episode. You’ll get checklists, forms, invitations, binder covers, and so much more. Be sure to check it out!

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Planning Purposeful PD: A Coaching Call with Kristi Rice, Ep. 113 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Do you need help planning purposeful PD? On episode 113, I have a coaching call with first-year coach Kristi Rice. We do some problem-solving around the best ways to create meaningful professional development for her teachers. 

Kristi and I chat about how to get started as a new instructional coach and the challenges with planning PD. We discuss how to tier PDs and PLCs, ways to overcome objections from teachers, and ideas for making PD more purposeful. 

During the episode, we also talk about creating a schedule and balancing her time as a coach. Since Kristi was a teacher at her school before becoming a coach, the teachers there seek her out for support. While this is a great problem to have, she needs to be thoughtful about how she uses her time and make sure she gets everything done. I offer a few ideas for managing her time that any instructional coach can try.

We finish our conversation by talking about modeling, making thinking visible, and how to encourage teachers to share what they’ve learned with each other. This episode of The Coaching Podcast is packed with tips to help you plan purposeful PD sessions, 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 113 - Planning Purposeful PD: A Coaching Call with Kristi Rice

  • Common challenges when planning professional development
  • Planning purposeful PD – where to start and how to do it
  • Using surveys to find out what teachers need
  • How to say no
  • Keeping a record of what teachers are asking
  • How to tier PD & PLC
  • Overcoming teacher’s objections
  • PD ideas for guided reading
  • Creating a document with question stems and standards side by side
  • Helping students connect learning in the classroom with questions on the state test
  • PD ideas
  • Using mentor text baskets for planning
  • Planning for PLCs
  • Ideas for scheduling coverage for PLCs
  • Looking at student data and reverse engineering planning
  • Asking teachers to bring materials to professional development sessions
  • Facilitating more and leading less
  • Encouraging teachers to share a sample of something they did as a result of a past PD
  • Strategies to help teachers figure out what’s most important and how to fit it in
  • Modeling for teachers
  • Making thinking visible to teachers and students

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Inquiry as a Framework for Leadership and Learning with Jessica Vance, Ep. 112 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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How can coaches use the inquiry process to enhance student and teacher learning?

In this episode of The Coaching Podcast, author Jessica Vance joins me to discuss using inquiry as a framework for leadership and learning. Her book, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, explores how to nurture inquiry-based learning spaces that promote curiosity, thinking skills, and creativity. 

During the show, we explore the inquiry process, what it looks like in action and ideas for inquiry-based professional learning. Jessica and I discuss creating time for teacher collaboration, rich conversations, and reflection. 

Get ideas for making thinking visible, using a learning wall, and adapting inquiry used with students to adult learners. Listen now to learn how to get started using the inquiry process with your teachers today! This is a great conversation for coaches and school leaders who want to learn more about inquiry-based learning for children and adults. 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 112 - Inquiry as a Framework for Leadership and Learning with Jessica Vance

  • Using inquiry with teachers
  • The inquiry process
  • Setting up inquiry-based learning spaces
  • Making connections with teachers
  • Ideas for inquiry and play-based PD
  • Inquiry with students in the classroom 
  • Different inquiry models and what she uses right now
  • Misconceptions and challenges when using the inquiry model with educators
  • Creating time for teacher collaboration, rich conversations, and reflection
  • Learning walks
  • Making thinking visible for teachers
  • Using a learning wall to help teachers make connections and anchor learning
  • Adapting the inquiry cycle used with kids to adult learners
  • Modeling inquiry with questions and curiosity as a leader
  • Using sentence stems and question frames with teachers
  • Gathering evidence of learning
  • How to get started using inquiry with teachers

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

My PD Planning Process, From Start to Finish, Ep. 111 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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We’re continuing this month’s theme of learning together with a solo show. On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I’m giving you my in-depth PD planning process, from start to finish.

I explain my step-by-step system for planning PD and give you real-life examples of what it looks like on campus. You’ll learn about setting PD goals, building a professional learning calendar, and choosing learning targets. Listen for tips to get started and ideas for following up with teachers. 

This episode is full of valuable information to help you plan a PD session that your teachers will love. You’re going to want to take notes so you can remember all the details. 

After listening to this episode, I hope you’ll try out some of the tips and ideas I mention. I’d love to know what you tried and how it worked for your school. You can let me know by sending me an email or sharing on Instagram.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 111 - My PD Planning Process, From Start to Finish

  • The steps in the PD planning process
  • Different ways to conduct a PD needs assessment 
  • Setting goals for professional development 
  • How to build a PD calendar 
  • Planning for teachers' needs at different times of the year
  • Giving teachers time to implement new learning before having them learn something else 
  • Framework to plan your first PD opportunity
  • How to choose learning targets that align with your goals
  • Why posting learning targets is important
  • Ideas for introducing PD concepts
  • Pairing data with student work or an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues
  • Helping teachers envision what new learning will look like in their classroom 
  • Building time for teachers to share and extend their learning
  • Ideas for a successful make and take
  • How to build a bridge from the PD session to the classrooms with a commitment from teachers
  • PD follow-up ideas, so teachers don’t forget what they learned
  • Reasons teachers don’t implement learning in the classroom and how to overcome it

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

Pineapple PD: Learning from Each Other with Heather Ehlschide, Ep. 110 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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When most people think of professional development, they imagine sitting in a room listening to someone talk at them for hours on end. But what if there was another option? What if teachers could visit other teachers while they were teaching and learn from them that way? This is the idea behind Pineapple PD.

Pineapple PD is a way for teachers to open their classroom doors and learn from each other in a more informal setting. The beauty of this system is that it lets teachers see how other educators teach in different settings and with different students. 

On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, middle school instructional coach Heather Ehlschide joins me to talk about all things Pineapple PD. During the call, we discuss what it is, best practices, different ways to implement it, and common challenges. Heather shares her tips for creating an open-door policy culture of learning, how to choose a focus, and the results she's seen from using this professional learning model. 

If you're interested in learning more about Pineapple PD, or if you're looking for a new way to approach professional development in your school or district, this is the episode for you! Click the media player below to listen now!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 110 - Pineapple PD: Learning from Each Other with Heather Ehlschide

  • What is Pineapple PD and how to get started
  • Best practices when introducing and using Pineapple PD
  • Different ways to implement Pineapple PD and what it can look like in schools
  • Tips to help teachers become more comfortable welcoming others into their classroom
  • Setting expectations for being guests during classroom visits
  • Building a culture of safety so visits don’t feel like evaluative observations
  • Ghost walk-throughs
  • Structuring a Pineapple PD week
  • Learn and grow walks using monthly themes
  • Why PD intent and a clear purpose matter if you want to see results
  • Why Heather focuses on positive feedback only when teachers observe each other
  • Questions to ask when teachers visit other classes
  • How she shares feedback from other teachers and why
  • Differentiating teacher PD
  • How to transition from structured observations to more freely available ones over time
  • Ways Pineapple PD supports vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Common challenges with professional learning and how to overcome them
  • Creative scheduling ideas for classroom visits when teachers are short on time or there isn’t coverage available
  • How to get teacher buy-in 
  • How observing other teachers helps make education more equitable and accessible
  • Moving professional learning from experiences into practice
  • The importance of a common language, conversations, and reflections
  • Follow-up and accountability when using Pineapple PD
  • Why it’s so valuable for our students to see us as learners

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