Sunday, July 30, 2017

Next Steps in Instructional Coaching Giveaway & Blog Series

When I transitioned from the classroom to instructional coaching, it took me a while to figure out what to blog about, and what product to make to support people who needed it.

I spent a while working on materials I would've needed if I'd still been in the classroom. After that, I worked on materials and blog posts that would support the teachers I was working with. Finally, I realized how little support is out there for instructional coaches, and I decided to write about that! 

So for the last few years, I've been making materials and writing about instructional coaching (among other things).

Last year, I published my Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching ebook on TpT. It complimented the Instructional Coaching Binder MegaPack that I'd already put out there. I wrote a blog series: The Start-Up series.

And the feedback was overwhelming. So many people are working hard to figure out this position, just like me. So I decided to have a go at it again.

This year, I'm blogging about the Next Steps in Instructional Coaching. You've organized your systems, got your room set upplanned your PD, set up an action plan for support, and set some goals for your work. Now what?

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share with you some important information about these topics:

Tuesday, August 1: Working with Data: What to collect and why to collect it
Saturday, August 5:  Facilitating a Data PLC: How to get people thinking
Tuesday, August 8: Growing Leadership in Teachers: teacher modeling
Saturday, August 12: Hosting a Teacher Conference

And on top of it, I'm going to host another BIG giveaway!

One lucky duck will win my Instructional Coaching Must-Haves Kit, an over $120 value!

Included in this kit: 
  • Desk inbox tray (gonna be full before you know it)
  • My favorite notebook (Bendable)
  • My favorite calendar (Week-at-a-glance)
  • The best erasable pens out there
  • Flair pens (for pretty colors)
  • A mug (Necessary for coaching)
  • Thank you cards (gotta appreciate your people)
  • A notepad cube (for notes)
  • A variety of post-it flags & labels (Fancy)
  • The Instructional Coaching MegaPack (sent via email)
  • The Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching (sent via email)
In addition to this, with every new post, you'll have the chance to enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway to be one of five people to win a digital giveaway: my new ebook, The Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching, and my Instructional Coaching MegaPack Binder! Over $40.00 worth of products!

To enter this contest, follow the rafflecopter directions below. You can add new entries with each blog post that comes out in the Next Steps in Instructional Coaching Series!

All entries will be tabulated by Tuesday, August 15, and the big winner and 5 digital giveaway winners will be announced!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Big News from Buzzing with Ms. B

I just got back from the TpT conference, and so I figured it's time to make some pretty huge announcements. Because big things are going on around here.

Really big things.

Like, some of the biggest things in my whole life. Aside from getting married. Or maybe not. This might be bigger.

There are two big changes coming to a Buzzing with Ms. B near you. And these are what they are:

I am having a baby!  We’re due in late November.

I have left working at a school, and now I’m going to work with schools!

Here are some details:

#1 The baby thing:
We’ve been trying to have a baby for a few years, but between my issues and my hunnybun’s issues, it was sort of a nonstarter for a while. Finally, after the miracle that is modern fertility science, we are five and a half months pregnant!

And guess what?  It's a girl!

We are over the moon. Aside from my constant pregnancy anxiety
(during which I have spent entire days on the following), I'm feeling pretty good.
  • Eating something without thinking and being sure I’ve had listeria.
  • Coating myself in bug spray to avoid Zika (I live in a desert, guys).
  • Feeling the baby kick and worrying she’s kicking too much.
  • Not feeling the baby kick and worrying she’s kicking too little.
  • Visiting the ER on vacation because I thought I had a blood clot in my leg.
  • Holding my breath around smokers.
  • Googling whether attending a conference can damage the baby's hearing.
  • Stressing about which sleeping position is best.  
  • Sorting through tons of hand-me-downs and trying to figure out what the various straps & snaps are for. (No packaging!)
Please tell me this is normal.
So I think it’s safe to say, it’s been a little emotional.

So far, I haven’t done a ton of stuff for baby (it’s hard for me to accept that she’ll actually be here in November), but because I have the most generous friends and and family, I have a ton of stuff. My sister-in-law gave me so many hand-me-downs, and so did several of my friends who’d recently had babies.

I've really only done two things.
1. I made an Amazon gift registry. So that's was overwhelming. I add stuff to it all the time when people tell me about baby must-haves.

2. I have cleaned out the baby’s room (which was my husband’s office - sorry, honey), and rebuilt the office in the guest bedroom.

That’s it.

The only other thing I’ve done in preparation for this baby is…

#2 I left my job.

I know! I left my job! So here’s what I’m thinking:

I work a lot. Like, a whole lot of hours of my life are spent at school, thinking about school, and getting to and from school. And I feel like that’s the level of dedication that my specific school requires and deserves. Then I come home and think about TpT for at least a few hours each day.

I know myself. I know that if I feel like I’m not doing justice to my school or to my little bun, or the hunnybun, I’m going to be very frustrated with myself. I’m not good at juggling like so many people are. I’m sort of like a horse with blinders. I’m a one-track mind kind of person. The thing that I have the hardest time accepting is when I don't accomplish "enough". When I don't get done the things I planned to get done. So I didn’t feel like I could effectively balance home and work. Kudos to anyone who does.

So I’m staying home. However, I still plan on eating and having a roof over my head. And, on top of that, I am currently experiencing school withdrawls. I see your Instagram posts - Target Dollar Spot and new bulletin boards. Planning your first few weeks, and integrating technology. And I know I can’t not be a school person. That’s what I do. So I plan to do a few things with myself to continue to support the education community. Here’s what I plan to do:

Keep on TPTing.
Keep on blogging. I love to share ideas.
Consult with schools. I love working with teachers!
Add video. I know it’s a great way to reach teachers directly all over the world, so this is going to be a big focus for me over the next couple months.

So don’t worry. I have no idea what life will look like after November, but till then, you’ll actually see more of me; not less. I’m here to stay, teachers. Girl gotta TPT.
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