Saturday, May 28, 2022

Making Teacher Reflection a Common Practice: A Coaching Call with Monika Puzio, Ep. 104 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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What are some things coaches can do to make teacher reflection a common practice?

When done regularly, teacher reflection can help educators improve their practice, better understand their students, and make more informed decisions about instruction. 

However, reflection isn't built into most professional learning or planning cycles. As a result, it can be difficult for coaches to find the time and space to encourage reflection among their teachers. 

On this episode, I have a coaching call with ELA coach Monika Puzio. During the show, we chat about how coaches can support teacher reflection, so that it becomes something they include regularly in their teaching cycle. 

This episode of The Coaching Podcast includes discussions about video coaching, using student work for reflection, tiering teacher support, and questions for reflection. You’ll learn strategies that you can start implementing right away to help your teachers become more reflective about their practice.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 104 - Making Teacher Reflection a Common Practice: A Coaching Call with Monika Puzio

  • Reflection as part of the coaching cycle
  • Encouraging reflective dialogue
  • How to tier reflection for teachers 
  • Helping new teachers reflect on their practice
  • What to do when you need to take a step back and change your coaching plans
  • Using student work as a starting point for reflection
  • How to transition reflection from student work to teacher practice
  • Questions to ask for reflection 
  • Building reflection into a planning cycle
  • Reflecting on the intentions of lessons
  • Ways to use video coaching for reflection

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Supporting Teacher Reflection with Lorraine Padilla, Ep. 103 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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The end of the year is HECTIC!

Teachers need to finish teaching required content, finalize year-end paperwork, complete assessments, and get their classrooms ready for summer break. Whew! That's a lot!

The last thing on their minds is reflecting on their practice.

So, what can coaches and administrators do to encourage teachers to reflect on their practice?

On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I’m talking to Lorraine Padilla from Apple Blossom Teachers about supporting teacher reflection. Lorraine is a teacher, mentor, and provides professional development in-person and online. During the call, we talk about ideas to help teachers reflect on their work, how to turn insights gained during reflection into action, and how to prevent a reflective conversation from turning into a gripe fest.

I really enjoyed this conversation because Lorraine was so excited about her work. She was honest about the things she had to work through and that every day isn’t going to be perfect. In education, like in life, there are hard days. That's the nature of the job. Having support and making time for reflection will make it better.

Ultimately, reflection is a valuable tool for helping teachers grow both professionally and personally. That's why it's so important for coaches and administrators to encourage educators to take time for reflection at the end of the year and throughout the year too. 

Think about how you can make reflection a regular part of your dialogue with teachers. One idea to try is to choose a question that Lorraine shared and make a deliberate effort to add it into your dialogue with teachers. Start with one and when it becomes part of your toolkit you can choose a new question to add.

Speaking of toolkits, I have a resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store called, Coaching New Teachers - The Instructional Coaching Toolkit. It includes tools for debriefing and providing opportunities for reflection as part of the coaching cycle. You can get it by clicking the link below.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 103 - Supporting Teacher Reflection with Lorraine Padilla

  • Why reflection is valuable for improving teaching practices
  • Common misunderstandings about reflecting
  • Why coaches and reflection aren't only for struggling teachers
  • Reflective questions and prompts
  • How to make reflections a habit
  • The connection between relationships, being vulnerable, and reflection
  • Opportunities to support teachers that are often overlooked
  • The power in celebrating what's going well and questions to ask to carry that win into other areas
  • The difference between reflecting in groups and one-on-one
  • How to set a purpose in pre-conference meetings and why you need one
  • Building time to reflect in planning sessions
  • Why teams need to develop a common language
  • Differentiating what teachers need help with and what students need help with
  • Leveraging strengths in one area into another
  • Tips to keep reflective conversations from becoming gripe fests and how to find solutions to problems
  • Being intentional about summer vacation to prevent burnout
  • Ways to help teachers turn their reflections into action
  • How small steps can lead to big success

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Reflecting on Leadership with Dr. Jill Brown, Ep. 102 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Coaches, want to know how to make lasting change at your school? 

Be reflective!

It's not enough to be knowledgeable about teaching and learning. Reflecting on your work is key to being an effective instructional coach. 

On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, Dr. Jill Brown and I talk about what it means to be a reflective leader and the importance of self-awareness. We discuss how to reflect on your coaching work, questions to ask yourself, and ways to improve your practice. She explains the four steps to take when facing hard truths and how to use data to reflect on your work.

As this school year comes to a close, try to schedule some time for reflection. Consider what went well and areas for improvement. Be honest with yourself and open to feedback from others. Listen to this episode for some great tips on being a more reflective leader!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 102 - Reflecting on Leadership with Dr. Jill Brown

  • What it means to be a reflective leader
  • The importance of self-awareness for coaches
  • How to be a more reflective coach 
  • Ways to get to know your staff and make connections (even when you're coaching a lot of teachers)
  • Ideas to help leaders be more self-aware, observant, and flexible
  • How to improve communication and different ways to enter conversations with teachers
  • Why leaders need input from multiple sources to be reflective and effective
  • The role of data in self-reflection and how to use anecdotal data
  • Reflective questions for coaches 
  • Big mistakes leaders make when reflecting on their work
  • Planning for future growth 
  • Becoming aware of your biases and assumptions
  • The four steps to take when facing hard truths
  • Why leaders need to make mistakes and what we learn from them
  • How to notice patterns and gain clarity
  • Processes to support self-reflection
  • How to use what we learned through self-reflection to impact student learning and make lasting change
  • Things coaches can do to support special education teachers

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Breaking a Negative Coaching Pattern, Ep. 101 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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If you're a coach, you know that relationships are key. But what do you do if you fall into a negative coaching pattern with a teacher? 

In this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I talk about breaking a negative coaching pattern. You'll learn how to recognize negative coaching patterns, get ideas for breaking them, and discover the questions you can ask teachers to help make your coaching conversations more effective.

I share my coaching mistakes and the things that helped me move beyond negative coaching patterns. Listen to learn my biggest tip for breaking a negative coaching pattern and how it changes relationships with teachers.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 101 - Breaking a Negative Coaching Pattern

  • My definition of a coaching pattern and how to recognize a negative one
  • Why coaches need to reflect on how they contribute to any negative coaching patterns
  • How changing our responses changes the pattern and creates different outcomes
  • Why being curious and asking questions is the best way to change a negative coaching relationship
  • The problem with making assumptions and being defensive
  • Examples of negative patterns I had with teachers and how I changed them
  • What to do when teachers complain or say, "That won't work with my students"
  • The question I ask teachers that changed everything
  • Tips for shifting the dialogue from "you should do this", to "let's understand and fix the problem together"
  • Why modeling is crucial for teachers and students

This episode is part of my podcast series on reflecting and looking back. All month, we'll be reflecting on our coaching work this year. Be sure to check out all of May's episodes as they come out.

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

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