Saturday, June 26, 2021

Coaching Call: Supporting Teachers When They are Overwhelmed with Dr. Heather Michel, Ep. 65 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

Teacher burnout is real! Teaching has been an exhausting profession in recent years due to increased work demands. And this trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. On the podcast, Dr. Heather Michel and I discuss ideas for instructional coaches supporting overwhelmed teachers. We brainstorm instructional coaching strategies for supporting teachers through all the emotions that come with teacher overwhelm.
Teaching this year has been overwhelming and everyone is exhausted!

Usually, teachers have relationships with students and colleagues to keep them going, but it’s different in a pandemic.

It’s particularly hard for first-year teachers who lack the perspective of what school can look like under normal circumstances. They are facing a sense of loss and had to change their vision of what teaching looks like in the classroom.

Dr. Heather Michel joins me on the Coaching Podcast to talk through some challenges she’s facing while coaching first-year teachers. We discuss the difficulty accessing the supports needed through all the emotions. We brainstorm ideas for how instructional coaches can help teachers connect with each other and build the relationships they need right now.

On this coaching call, we chat about the importance of a community and why you need a coaching buddy. If you’re looking for a coaching community, be sure to check out our Coffee and Coaching Membership. There are videos, downloadable tools, and all kinds of good stuff in there. There’s also an exclusive Facebook group where you can find a coaching buddy. If you’re not already on the email list, make sure that you get signed up.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Five Lessons I Learned from My First Year of Instructional Coaching, Ep. 64 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

I made a lot of mistakes as a new instructional coach, but I also learned a lot. In this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I share the 5 lessons I learned during my first year of coaching. Listen in as I share tips and resources including how to get a FREE copy of the instructional coaching menu for teachers. #InstructionalCoachingIntroduction #InstructionalCoachingStrategies

When I started as an instructional coach I had very little experience coaching. I was expected to transfer working with kids to working with adults. They’re two different things and there were a lot of struggles to figure it out.

In this episode of the podcast, I share five lessons I learned in my first year of coaching. These are things that I learned I was not doing the best way. I'm still learning each day and getting better at these things.

Lesson #1 - Build Relationships Purposely

I thought as a new coach that I was building relationships. I spent time talking with teachers, but I really didn't get to know them. I didn’t take time to learn their teaching framework and the way that they viewed their work.

Communication was a real struggle for me because we were all speaking very different languages professionally and sometimes literally. We had completely different experiences and that made it challenging to build relationships.

Sometimes my stress level would shoot way up because some teacher's methods of communicating were very different than mine. It sounded like a lot of complaining, like a lot of blaming and I struggled with that. I didn't understand that the constant negativity and the complaints were cries for help.

I had to learn how to get to the heart of each teacher and understand their experiences. In addition, I had to adjust my communication style to meet theirs.

Lesson #2 - Educate Teachers About Your Role

Defining your coaching role and sharing it purposefully with teachers is crucial for success. You need to educate teachers on what you do and why it’s important.

When I started, I introduced myself by saying I was “there to help”. That’s a pretty broad statement. It meant I could help with anything from photocopying to modeling in the classroom.

What I should have done is identified the types of supports I was able to provide and then created a coaching menu of those supports. If you want to learn more, listen to Episode 22 where I walk you through the whole process.

Lesson # 3 - Don’t Have All the Answers

As a natural problem solver, I like to figure out solutions. It makes me feel confident and comfortable when I have a plan.

However, coaching asks us to wait, ask, listen, and collaborate. That's something I had to get better at and it’s made a huge difference in my coaching.

I used to rush to solve teacher's issues. Now I asked questions and collaborate to figure out what the teacher believes in.

Once I started doing this I noticed a change in classroom practices. Until then I was giving advice. Coaches who only give advice are not making change happen. We have to cultivate thinking and make it work all the way through to implementation.

Lesson #4 - Don’t Say Yes to Everything - Build in Time for Flexibility

I used to say yes to everything. Then suddenly everyone needed me all the time. I ended up on lots of committees and facilitating every meeting.

The trouble with this is that you end up filling your entire schedule with stuff and you don't have time for the things that matter the most. I found myself in meetings and being pulled from my classroom teacher support time.

Everything is a choice. With every decision, we're choosing one thing over another. My recommendation is to think about what you're saying yes to each day because it means you’re saying no to something else.

Lesson #5 - Figure Out the Point of Meetings and Make Sure It's Clear to Everyone

We’ve all been in meetings that drag on too long and aren’t relevant for our work. You leave the meeting wondering what was the point.

Everyone involved should understand the reason for the meeting. I started setting objectives that stated exactly what we were there to do each time. The meetings became more purposeful when I defined what teachers are going to walk away with.

This works when you are leading the meeting and it also works when you’re a participant. It’s a little different when you're a participant in the meeting because you don't always get to choose but knowing the reason for the learning only makes it better.

Those are the five lessons I learned during my first year as an instructional coach. I made a lot of mistakes, but I also learned a lot. Try out these tips and let me know which one works the best for you.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Enneagram for Instructional Coaches with Myrna Cervetti, Ep. 63 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

On this episode of the podcast, Myrna Cervetti of Enneahealth joins me to discuss what is the Enneagram and the nine different types. She talks about how instructional coaches can identify the Enneagram for teachers and understand what motivates the things they do. This episode is for you if you’ve been wanting to learn more about the types of Enneagrams and how you can use that knowledge to support your teachers. Listen to learn about what Enneagrams need to hear from you as a coach.
Do you know your Enneagram type?

When you begin to understand the Enneagram, it can change how you see yourself and others. 

I'm an Enneagram 1. People with this Enneagram type like supporting others with changes, so it makes sense that I became a coach!

The Enneagram can be applied to many things - workplace interactions, relationships, and even the way we think. It helps increase our self-awareness by getting in touch with who we are and giving us insight into those we coach.

One of the most important aspects is that it shows us that not everyone thinks like we do or views life through our perspective. It’s a valuable lesson when communicating anything!

Myrna Cervetti of Enneahealth joins me on this podcast to discuss how the Enneagram can be used when coaching teachers. She knows a lot about this subject because she used to be an instructional coach.

In this episode, we discuss the nine different Enneagram types and how understanding them can help you as an instructional coach. We talk about ways the Enneagram can be used by schools. Myrna also shares why it should be used as a supportive tool to get to know the people we coach better.

You’re going to get a lot out of this episode whether you’re brand new to the Enneagram or have been learning about it for a while. 

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Coaching Call: Supporting District Initiatives While Supporting Teachers with Patryce Harvey, Ep. 62 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

Instructional coaches need to support teachers while also ensuring that school initiatives get implemented successfully. This can be hard to juggle. In this episode, I’m joined by Coffee and Coaching member Patryce Harvey. We discuss how to meet district-wide initiatives while supporting teachers' wants and needs. This episode has lots of tips including, how to tier your help and gather feedback from the staff.
Instructional coaches must balance district initiatives with what teachers want. This is not an easy task, but it can make a world of difference when done correctly!

On the podcast, Patryce Harvey joins me for a coaching call. She’s a first-year instructional coach and a member of our Coffee & Coaching Monthly Membership.

We work through some of the coaching challenges she has and develop a plan to overcome her most pressing concerns. I give my advice for responding to teachers who say they don’t have enough time and are unsure of how to make new initiatives work virtually.

In this episode, we talk about overcoming resistance when something you said doesn’t land quite right. I share tips for tiering teacher support and using surveys to collect feedback.

We take a deep dive into breaking new district initiatives into smaller chunks and focusing on a few skills at a time. We also discuss asking teachers if their students have the prerequisite skills needed before implementing something new.

This episode is packed with actionable tips to help you balance district mandates with the needs of the teachers.

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