Saturday, May 30, 2020

Coaching Classroom Management with Haley O'Connor

Classroom management is one of the most challenging topics to coach.
  
Every teacher has a different
style and we've all had different experiences that lead to a different approach.
  
And coaching in a classroom where there isn't a solid approach to management is extra stressful.  

In this episode, Haley O'Connor of Teaching with Haley and I talk about what makes classroom management effective and how to support teachers in embracing a new approach to management.
  












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

Introducing Yourself as an Instructional Coach

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Coaching in Classrooms Slide Show & Forms
Sticky Note Messages for Instructional Coaches

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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. 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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Positive Digital Notes for Teachers
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.
  
Tell me if any of this sounds familiar: "Why are you in here? My test scores are fine. I have been doing this for years. I’m in the classroom every day, I know best. This is the way we’ve always done it."
 
All of these statements are a type of resistance. We all have that one teacher, or two, who is resistant to coaching.
 
But even when teachers aren't excited to work with us,, we need to work with them because every teacher deserves a coach.

How can you work with a resistant teacher?
 
First and foremost, recognize it. This is probably one the easiest things to do because it’s usually pretty obvious. Once you have identified the teacher(s) who is being resistant, you want to decide what kind of resistance they are putting up: overt or covert.

An overt resistant teacher is not shy. This teacher will tell you how it is with no restraint. He/she will say things like, “I think decisions should be made by people who are in the classroom.” This teacher will question your knowledge of a certain grade level because you’ve never taught it.

The convert teacher is dodging you like they are fighting for the dodgeball championship trophy. They will have every excuse under the sun as to why they can’t meet with you. This teacher tells you they “forgot” about your already re-scheduled three times meeting, they “left” their binder at home (which is probably empty), or just doesn't respond to your emails at all.

Now we have to ask the most important question: Why?

One reason might be because they had a bad coaching experience. Sometimes coaches are misused by administration, so the teacher sees the coach as a “rat” who is out to get them or someone who deals with testing. They also may have had a coach tell them everything they are doing wrong. The good news is, there are solutions to these problems! You just have to turn into episode 16 of Buzzing with Ms. B to find it out! Plus, you’ll get a great resource to use!

Another reason might be a teacher is feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. We all know there are only so many hours in a day. The demand on a teacher’s time is insane. They are constantly asked to do one more thing and one more thing. Therefore, meeting with you and working with you might just be one more thing to do. You can lessen the resistance by being empathetic or lessening the load if you can.

A teacher might also be feeling a bit self-conscious. When you’re coming in with all of this knowledge, the teacher might be feeling down about themselves. You can solve this too! Tune into all of Episode 16 to find out how.

The final reason a teacher might be resistant might hit home a bit harder. The reason could simple be: you. Maybe the teacher has the wrong impression of you. Maybe you said something wrong in a tone the teacher didn’t like. You are human. It happens. You can fix this too and form a better relationship with even this type of resistance it just might take a bit of extra time. Find out how by listening to Buzzing with Ms. B the Coaching Podcast.

There are many types of resistance, and there are many ways to fix it. However, there are two tried and true ways to help you work with a resistant teacher. Find out what these two ways are by tuning into Episode 16 of Buzzing with Ms. B The Coaching Podcast. Happy Coaching!

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


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Positive Digital Notes for Teachers
Coaching in Classrooms

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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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