Saturday, April 30, 2022

100th episode: Turning the Tables on Chrissy with Laura Hunt Palacios, Ep. 100 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Today we're celebrating 100 episodes!

I still can’t believe I’ve put out that many episodes of The Coaching Podcast since February 2019! That’s a lot of shows!

For this special episode, I invited my dear friend Laura Hunt Palacios to interview me. She’s going to ask things she’s always wanted to know about me and some burning questions from listeners. Buckle up coaches because asking interesting questions is one of Laura’s specialties

So whether you want to know if I prefer doughnuts or candy, what books I’ve been reading, or about my favorite PD ever, this is the episode for you!

I hope you enjoy it and please keep those questions coming!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 100 - 100th Episode: Turning the tables on Chrissy with Laura Hunt Palacios

  • My favorite podcasts
  • Why I tell myself to “just shut up” sometimes
  • My best classroom management tips and why it’s necessary to explicitly teach kids routines
  • How to positively talk to teachers and students
  • Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work and what to do instead.
  • Tips for connecting with students and teachers
  • How to be an authentic and real person at school 
  • Why coaches need to give teachers multiple opportunities and not judge them on a singular experience
  • Ideas for improving your coaching relationship with teachers
  • My favorite books for kids, teachers, coaches, and pleasure
  • The professional development experience that impacted me the most as an educator
  • Why I love teaching writing best
  • My beliefs about scripted teaching programs
  • How student-centered coaching can take the focus off teachers and make coaching more meaningful
  • Why teachers need to be reflective practitioners
  • How my co-workers have influenced me and what I’ve learned from them

As I reflect on 100 episodes, I want to say thank you to all my amazing guests, especially Laura for helping with this episode. You all have impacted my life in so many ways. I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you.

I also want to thank my husband, Fernie, for editing my show and making me sound great.

And a big THANK YOU to all of you who listen, rate, review, and share this podcast. I wouldn't be here without you. I appreciate you more than I can ever express with words.

I’m excited to continue serving the coaching community and sharing valuable insights and resources with all of you. Here’s to another 100 episodes!

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Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Productivity for Instructional Coaches: A Coaching Call with Courtney Staley, Ep. 99 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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When it comes to productivity, instructional coaches face unique challenges. One of the biggest issues for coaches is managing their time. Most days school schedules change, and urgent things pop up. This makes it hard to focus and accomplish things on your to-do list.

So, what can you do if you feel like you’re stretched too thin and have no control over your calendar?

On the latest episode of The Coaching Podcast, I have a coaching call with Courtney Staley. We chat about the challenges of trying to do it all and how to make time for what matters most. During the conversation, we discuss modeling with a small group, ideas for collaborative planning sessions, and micro coaching. Listen to learn the steps I recommend for defining your coaching role and how to share it with teachers. 

If you're an instructional coach looking for ways to be more productive, this episode is for you. It's packed with tips and tricks to help you manage your time more purposefully.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 99 - Productivity for Instructional Coaches

  • How to balance your many coaching and non-coaching responsibilities 
  • Coaching in middle school
  • Supporting teachers with collaborative planning
  • Defining your coaching role when you have multiple administrators on campus
  • How having a narrow focus can help you and the teachers you coach
  • Modeling with your small group
  • Coaching long-term substitute teachers
  • Micro coaching

Listen to this podcast episode for helpful tips on being more productive and managing your schedule!

Ready to listen? You can listen below with the media player, or search for Buzzing with MS. B: The Coaching Podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

How to Run Your Life with Kendra Adachi, Ep. 98 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Ready to change how you think about your to-do list?

On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, Kendra Adachi of The Lazy Genius Collective joins me to talk about how to run your life with less stress. I’ve been following Kendra on Instagram for a while and wanted to bring her on to help us prioritize our to-do list. 

Kendra is the author of the book The Lazy Genius Way. In the book, she encourages people to embrace what matters and ditch what doesn't so they can get things done. On the show, she shares two of the principles from the book - Decide Once and The Magic Question. These two principles require small action now for big results later. I can't wait to try them myself!

During the interview, Kendra shares ideas for managing your time like a human, not a robot. She explains why we don't need permission to care about the things that matter to us. You're going to love all the tips she gives on the show!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 98 - How to Run Your Life with Kendra Adachi

  • The steps coaches can take to figure out what matters most
  • Removing the pressure to get it right and what to do instead
  • What to do when what matters changes
  • Why over-optimizing isn't the answer
  • How to remove the expectation that you must make every moment count
  • The trouble with decision fatigue and why writing decisions down makes you more likely to stick with them
  • Why being organized doesn't need to be all or nothing
  • The power of building the right morning routines
  • How she discovered the 13 principles in her book
  • The reasons coaches and administrators need to give themselves more compassion and kindness

After you listen to the episode, think about which of these ideas you could implement right away to change your life for the better. You can share what you tried on my Instagram.

Ready to listen? You can listen below with the media player, or search for Buzzing with MS. B: The Coaching Podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Conquering Your Chaos with Kierra of Miss Unconventional, Ep. 97 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Instructional coaches are asked to do lots of things but don't have the time to do them all. That’s why I’m calling this month’s series on The Coaching Podcast, “So much to do, so little time”. 

On this episode, productivity and time management coach Kierra of Miss Unconventional joins me. We talk about setting goals, gaining clarity, and conquering your chaos. During our chat, Kierra shares how coaches can set boundaries and be more purposeful with their time.

Conquering Your Chaos 

We all know a lack of boundaries is prevalent in education. Kiera says that this lack of boundaries allows other people to impose their priorities on us, and clouds our judgment about what’s important. To get control of your time she recommends getting clarity around your role and setting boundaries. Once you define your role it's easier to create an aligned coaching schedule and prioritize what's important.

Productivity Personas

Kierra uses relatable productivity personas to help her coaching clients identify what’s holding them back. Here’s a brief description of each one. You may relate to one or all of them. 

No Boundaries Barbara 

Barbara allows others' agendas and emergencies to take precedent over her needle-moving tasks. She struggles to get her most important tasks done. Kierra says that people like Barbara shouldn’t be afraid to set boundaries because it might be liberating for both parties.

No Clarity Cara

Cara longs for purpose but lacks clarity. Her lack of self-awareness means that she doesn’t have a grand vision for her life or career. Kierra says if we're like Cara we need to ask deep questions and take time to reflect on what truly brings us joy.

No Focus Fiona

Fiona has a strong desire to be productive, but she just can’t seem to get it together. She wears a lot of hats and is constantly distracted by her environment. Kiera explains that the problem is that when we aren't focused we let tasks pile up and it can be overwhelming to start tackling them all.

No Help Halle

Halle has a superhero complex and doesn’t ask for help. She struggles with relinquishing control and this causes her to constantly operate outside her zone of genius. Halle often feels like if she doesn’t do it herself, it won’t get done. I used to be like her, but the day I learned to ask for help was one of the best days in my coaching life. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

No Systems Sandra

Sandra is ambitious and goal-oriented, but she has no systems in place to support her. As a result, she suffers from exhaustion and burnout. The thought of putting systems in place sounds like a waste of time to her. If you relate to Sandra, Kierra suggests putting 3 systems in place to help you get control back in your life. You can learn about the systems she recommends and more details about each persona in the episode.

10 Step Goal Alchemy

A lot of people set goals but don’t achieve them. During our talk, Kiera explains that setting relevant and realistic goals are non-negotiable when you're trying to conquer the chaos. 

Kierra has a 10-step goal alchemy formula that she shares on the podcast. This is a monthly goal-setting intensive that she does with her clients. Listed below are the steps. You can listen to the episode for more details about each one.

  1. Select a word of the month
  2. Write an affirmation using the word of the month
  3. Write your “why”
  4. Write a mantra that will sustain your motivation when things get tough
  5. Set 3 – 5 SMART goals
  6. Turn your SMART goals into gratitude statements
  7. Write an action statement for each goal
  8. Create a monthly vision board
  9. Select an accountability partner
  10. Set up check-in dates

Get Started Conquering Your Chaos

At the end of the episode, I ask Kierra to share some things coaches can do to conquer the chaos right now. Her first recommendation is to ask questions that help you become more self-aware. Self-awareness will allow you to identify your goals and focus on achieving them. 

Her second suggestion is to design your ideal morning. Having a morning routine that nourishes you is a great way to start your day and sets the tone for the rest of it.

This episode is packed with so much gold when it comes to productivity and creating clarity in your coaching role. Ready to listen? You can listen below with the media player, or search for Buzzing with MS. B: The Coaching Podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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Saturday, April 2, 2022

3 Times to Say No, Ep. 96 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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This April on The Coaching Podcast we're talking all about productivity. I'm calling this series, “So much to do, so little time”. I’m sure everyone can relate to having too many things to do, and not enough time to do them.

Our lives don't have to be quite so hectic. It's just a matter of recognizing that we have limited time and need to be selective about what we try to squeeze into it.

On this first episode in the series, we’re talking about 3 times to say no. When I was a new teacher, I had trouble saying no. I'd said yes to everything. I was on every committee under the sun. It pulled my time in so many directions and didn't make me a better teacher for the most part.

My district used to provide coaches with professional developments to give during PD days. They started giving us a folder with materials and called it PD in a box. Often what they supplied wasn't relevant to my teachers' needs. I felt like a lot of the activities they gave us missed the mark. 

I’d take it upon myself to read through the materials and completely rebuild the PD into something that better supported my teachers. It took A LOT of time. I was redoing the entire PD and nobody even asked me to do it. I was reinventing everything, and it took up my time.

3 Times to Say No

It can be hard to say no to people when they ask for help. I’ve been guilty of this myself. But there are times when we need to say no.

Here are three times to say no and some tips for justifying it if you need to. 

1. It doesn’t fit into your schedule

When something doesn’t fit into your schedule, you have two choices.

a. Offer to do prep work at home

I would often offer to do a small project at home, rather than sacrifice the limited time I had on campus with teachers and kids. If you have the time available, this might be an option for you. 

Only do this if you have the ability and bandwidth for it. If it’s going to be too much for you, don’t offer to do it. The task will get done even if you don't do it.

b. Say no

Believe me, I know it can be hard to say no but sometimes you don’t have any extra time. When you have to say no because you can’t fit another thing on your calendar you can respectfully say something like this:

“I wish I could help with that. If I knew earlier I might have been able to fit it in, but this week is booked solid. I can share my calendar with you if you'd like to check it out.”

If your principal pushes back, you can offer to look at your calendar together and figure out what can be taken out to fit in the new thing This put the responsibility back on the principal and shows it's a little bit much for one person.

2. Steals Your Prep Time

It’s not selfish to be prepared. To be an effective coach, you need to do prep work. When I was a coach there were many days when there was zero white space on my schedule. That meant I had to get good at building prep time purposely. I booked little chunks of time throughout my week to prepare for PLC, PD, and other things.  

Unfortunately, prep work is invisible to many principals and teachers. They often don't realize that you have to do it, so it’s not on their radar. That’s why you need to include prep time on your calendar. If it's not on your calendar, it's not clear to anyone else what you're doing during the day.

3. You're giving up your precious personal time

This was the hardest for me. I always felt like it was my responsibility to help teachers and would sacrifice my personal time. When I did this, I ended up not showing up as my best self. I was worn out and frustrated.

Making time on your personal calendar is necessary. Having lunch, being able to walk instead of running from one room to the other, and yes even using the bathroom are all important. You're a human being and require maintenance to function at your best.

Bonus tip

If you’re a coach who needs to justify their time and why you're saying no, start documenting where your time goes. Keep a calendar of what you do every day. There are lots of different options available in both paper and digital formats. 

This is really effective for showing why you don't have time for anything extra. Documenting your time may also help you identify where your time is going and the tasks you’re doing that aren’t part of your agreed-upon coaching role.

There you have it, three times to say no. While it may be uncomfortable at first, it gets easier with practice. Give these tips a try and let me know how it goes. Happy Coaching!

Ready to listen? You can listen below with the media player, or search for Buzzing with MS. B: The Coaching Podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts!

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Thank you for listening to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Coaching Podcast. Want more coaching ideas?

Check me out at buzzingwithmsb.com and on Instagram @buzzingwithmsb.

If you love the show, share it with a coach who would love it too, or leave me a review on iTunes! It’s free and it helps others find this show, too. Happy coaching!

Podcast produced by Fernie Ceniceros of Crowd & Town Creative
 
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