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.
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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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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Gradual Release with Coaching Cycles, Ep. 125 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Has this ever happened to you?

You model in a classroom as part of a coaching cycle, and you feel like things are going really, really well. The teacher responds positively and talks about how they can use the learning in their classroom. So, you think, Great, this is happening! Then you visit a few days later, and nothing has changed at all. 

Many coaches have told me that they struggle with teachers who get stuck and don't implement new learning from coaching cycles. The teachers do the work during the cycle and then when the coach leaves, everything stops. In this episode of The Coaching Podcast, we’re talking about how instructional coaches can help teachers transition that learning into their teaching by using gradual release with coaching cycles.

The gradual release model is often used to teach students new things. This strategy gradually releases the responsibility from the teacher to the student. It can also work if we're working with teachers on a new concept that they're unfamiliar with, such as rolling out a new literacy program. This model also works with teachers who are struggling significantly in the classroom or who have difficulty implementing things on their own. 

When we use gradual release during coaching cycles, we help teachers learn something new while giving them the support they need to be successful. The gradual release model helps bridge the gap with teachers so they can start taking ownership of their learning and integrate it into their practice.

In episode 125, you'll learn about the gradual release model and how to use it during coaching cycles. 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 125 - Gradual Release with Coaching Cycles

  • When to use gradual release with teachers 
  • A brief introduction to the parts of a coaching cycle
  • What is the gradual release model and how to use it during coaching cycles
  • Why you need a content and pedagogy goal
  • Assigning roles to teachers so they know what is expected of them during gradual release coaching cycles
  • Possible roles for teachers when co-teaching a lesson
  • The 3-column chart I use when co-teaching lessons 
  • Gradual release co-teaching example
  • Focusing on both the student and teacher learning during coaching cycles
  • Why you don't want to stay in the coach-driven part of this process for too long
  • How long should it take to get through a gradual release coaching cycle
  • Using video as part of the coaching cycle

If you're struggling with getting teachers to implement new learning from coaching cycles, this is the episode for you! Tune in now to learn more about using gradual release with coaching cycles.

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Differentiating Coaching Cycles with Dr. Jane Kise, Ep. 124 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Differentiating coaching cycles is an excellent way to help teachers get the most out of your work together. Instructional coaches can set up coaching cycles that meet the needs of teachers by using what we know about personality traits and the supports that work best for them. Once a teacher has a good experience with us, they'll likely come back for more.

In this episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Jane Kise, Founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates, about differentiating the coaching cycle. Dr. Kise is an author, trainer, and coach who works with schools to facilitate team development and leadership coaching. She joins me to discuss how to differentiate our work with teachers.

During this episode of The Coaching Podcast, Dr. Kise talks about the four different coaching styles she identified based on personality patterns. She shares how personality traits influence the way coaches and teachers learn and think. We also discuss how coaches can use this information to appeal to different teachers and how to make sure no personality type is left out. This episode is packed with information and strategies to help you understand and reach all the distinct personality styles on your teaching team. 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 124 – Differentiating Coaching Cycles

  • How different coaching styles think and learn
  • Roadblocks for each of the coaching styles
  • Why understanding distinct personality traits gives us new respect for each other and makes for stronger collaborations
  • Creating a common language by learning about personality types
  • Framing the coaching cycle to appeal to each personality type so they're interested in working with you
  • Using what we know about personalities to form collaborative partnerships
  • How knowing a teacher's personality type can help coaches support them and the needs of their students
  • Making sure no personality type is left out all the time when coaching teachers or teaching students
  • Ideas for ensuring kids learn in their unique way while still addressing the standards

I hope you enjoy this episode and learn as much as I did about differentiating the coaching cycle. Happy Coaching! 

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Analyzing Behavior Data with Teachers with Navigating Behavior Change, Ep. 123 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Every coach knows that learning doesn't happen without effective classroom management. If we can get management in place, everything else is easier.

Across the country, we've been hearing that since the pandemic students' behaviors are more intense and classroom management is a bigger challenge. One way for instructional coaches to support teachers and students is by working on behavior management during coaching cycles. We can use data gathered to improve management, just like we do with instruction. By analyzing behavior data with teachers, we can help them identify areas for growth and respond purposefully. 

In this episode, I'm talking to Amanda Wilson from Navigating Behavior Change about this topic. During the show, we talk about best practices for behavior management, factors contributing to the behavior challenges we're seeing right now, and how we can conduct coaching cycles that focus on behavior growth. If you want to help the teachers you coach improve classroom management, this episode is for you!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 123 - Analyzing Behavior Data with Teachers

  • Behavior management basics
  • Being proactive, not reactive
  • What we can learn from behaviors
  • How coaches can use data about behavior to help teachers with classroom management
  • Why teachers shouldn't take behaviors personally
  • The need to respond vs. the need to react
  • Behavior and instruction
  • Ways to approach a coaching cycle focused on behavior management
  • Collecting data on behaviors during a coaching cycle
  • Using ABC data to identify and prevent issues
  • Challenges when coaching teachers around classroom management
  • Tier-one strategies to try
  • How to teach behavior and social skills
  • SEL and behavior management curriculums
  • Calm down spaces
  • The importance of practice and feedback when learning new behaviors
  • How coaches can help teachers implement a new behavior strategy in a way that actually sticks

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Using Data to Inform Coaching Cycles, Ep. 122 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Instructional coaches need to support all teachers, not only new and struggling ones. Growing teachers is what coaches do and the coaching cycle is how we do it. 

This month on The Coaching Podcast, we're talking about how to make a coaching cycle more effective and different ways to approach it. When you apply the ideas in the shows to your coaching cycles, you'll see changes in teachers and instruction.

In this episode, we're talking about using data to inform coaching cycles. Data can be used before, during, and after a coaching cycle. It can be used to identify areas or classrooms of need before you start. You can look at student work data after a lesson you modeled, co-taught, or observed to see what worked and what needs to be tweaked. Instructioanl coachess can also use pre- and post- forms or surveys to help determine the effectiveness of our coaching cycle.

This episode is all about how to use data to inform your coaching cycle from beginning to end. You'll learn ways to collect data, what data to use, and how to use it during different parts of your coaching cycle. 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 122 - Using Data to Inform Coaching Cycles

  • How to use data during a coaching cycle to inform your work
  • Why all teachers need support and how only working with new or struggling teachers undermines our role
  • Different kinds of data and how to use it
  • The importance of looking at data from multiple sources
  • Tips for collecting data
  • What to do if you're asked to intervene in a classroom that is not performing well
  • Focusing on what teachers want support with
  • Using complaints as opportunities to work through challenges
  • Methods for collecting student assessment data
  • Informing teachers about what you're looking for during cycles and how it will be recorded
  • Using pre- and post-assessment data during cycles

Whether you're a new coach or a veteran, tune in and learn how you can use data to inform your coaching cycles.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson, Ep. 121 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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As an instructional coach, one of the most important things you can do is advocate for equity in your school. But what does that look like in practice?

On episode 121 of The Coaching Podcast, Dr. Lindsey Wilson joins me to discuss advocating for equity in schools. She's an author, trainer, and speaker on topics of diversity and equity. Her work focuses on helping organizations and schools understand equity and their role in system changes.

Dr. Wilson shares on the show how we can advocate for students from our positions as instructional coaches. She has a lot of great ideas about making our voices heard and how to ensure that all students have an equal chance of succeeding.

During the episode, we discuss that equity is about understanding the unique needs of each of our students and their families, and meeting those needs. She provides examples of what equity work looks like at different levels and discusses challenges schools face when making positive changes toward more equitable practices.

Instructional coaches play a vital role in advocating for equity. Dr. Wilson offers tips for how we can start conversations about equity at our school. She also shares the four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in practice. This insightful episode will leave you inspired to be an agent of change in your school! Don't miss it!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode - What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson

  • What is equity
  • The difference between equity and equality
  • Providing each student with what they need and how that looks different for every learner
  • Her research on fathers
  • What equity work looks like at the early childhood level
  • Why schools need to talk about equity and the inequities that exist
  • Social-emotional learning
  • How inequitable practices negatively impact students learning and what coaches can do to help
  • Representation of all students and their experiences in the classroom
  • Planning learning activities that tap into student's knowledge and allow them to shine
  • Inequitable practices that affect teachers negatively
  • Creating a more inclusive classroom and school community
  • The role of instructional coaches in advocating for equity
  • Common challenges when schools make positive changes toward more equitable practices
  • The four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in schools
  • Talking about differences with children
  • Reshaping the conversation about equity
  • What coaches can do when we see inequity or bias
  • The importance of disaggregating data into sub-populations and how to use this information to start conversations on campus
  • Microaggressions - what they are, what they may look like in schools, and how to talk to kids and teachers about them

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? Facilitating a Data PLC, Ep. 120 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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"Not ANOTHER data meeting?"

"Do we really need to review data AGAIN?"

You’ve probably heard this from your team before. Looking at data can feel like a chore, and teachers are often resistant to yet another meeting where they are expected to dig into numbers. But if we approach data review with a different mindset, it can be a powerful tool for driving instruction and student learning.

In episode 120 of The Coaching Podcast, we discuss facilitating a data PLC and how coaches can help teachers make meaning of data. I share the seven steps I use during a data meeting and what they look like in action. You'll learn how to keep teachers focused on the data, what data to use, and how to identify areas of need.

Seven Steps for a Data Meeting

Most instructional coaches are asked to work with professional learning communities (PLCs). The purpose of a data PLC is to help educators understand how their students are performing and target areas for improvement. Data PLCs can provide a structure for educators to come together and analyze student data.

You'll need to prepare for the meeting, guide the discussion, and help the group come up with actionable items to improve instruction. Below are the seven steps I use when facilitating a data PLC.

  1. Set a purpose
  2. Provide teachers with no name data
  3. Flip through students' tests to note strategies and processes
  4. Record percentages on a blank copy
  5. Differentiate your plans for next steps
  6. Use student names to create small groups for intervention
  7. Share strength by modeling

In the episode, I explain the steps and how to use each with your teachers, so they leave with a plan. I also share some challenges you might face when leading a data PLC and how to overcome them.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 120 - What Do Coaches Do? Facilitating a Data PLC

  • How to review data with teachers and use it to modify instruction
  • Seven steps for a successful data PLC
  • Ideas for what to do when teachers justify the data
  • Ways to keep data meetings on track and what to do if they get off track
  • Focusing dialogue in data meetings on student growth
  • Why data doesn't give us the entire picture and what to look at to get a complete understanding of student performance
  • Ways to use data purposefully
  • Establishing norms when facilitating a data PLC
  • How to set the tone for professional learning communities
  • Why use no name data during meetings
  • How to differentiate based on data
  • Looking at student responses on tests and putting that data in context
  • Finding patterns in questions and question types on tests that students struggle with
  • Tips and strategies when making small groups for intervention
  • Encouraging teachers to share what is working in their classrooms

If you're looking for ways to help your teachers make data-driven instructional decisions, this episode is for you! You'll walk away with a new framework for looking at data and ideas to help your teachers make meaning of it.

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