Saturday, August 27, 2022

Using a Coaching Menu with Raymi Royo, Ep. 117 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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A coaching menu is a great way to introduce your role to teachers and help them understand the supports you can provide in the classroom. On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I'm chatting with instructional coach Raymi Royo about how she uses coaching menus to frame her work with teachers.

Last summer Raymi found my coaching menu on Pinterest. Since then, she has used it with her teaching team and has seen a lot of benefits. During the show, she walks us through how she uses a coaching menu, what's included on her menu, and how it helps her teachers. 

If you're looking for a way to help teachers understand your role and the support you can provide, this episode is for you!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 117 - Using a Coaching Menu with Raymi Royo

  • What a coaching menu is and how to use one with teachers
  • Challenges when coaching
  • The benefits of using a coaching menu
  • How using the coaching menu helps teachers understand their students better and how it changes their approach to learning
  • How she created her first coaching menu
  • The six categories she includes on her menu
  • Why she includes a free choice option
  • How she introduces the menu to teachers
  • The coaching cycle and micro-coaching
  • How using a coaching menu helped her teachers share their challenges and have more open conversations about their work
  • Differentiating support by differentiating the coaching menu
  • Why it’s important to be thoughtful about what you offer on your menu
  • How to focus the menu on what's essential, so it’s not overwhelming for teachers

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Problem Solving the Principal-Coach Relationship with EduCoach Survival Guide, Ep. 116 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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As an instructional coach, one of your most important relationships is with your principal. This foundational relationship sets the tone and expectations for your work with teachers.

On this episode, I'm joined by Lindsay Deacon and Angela Scotto Harkness, authors of The EduCoach Survival Guide to talk about this critical relationship. We take a closer look at some of the challenges around the coach-principal relationship, and how to overcome them. They talk about their book and how to use it as a resource when things aren’t going as planned on campus. 

During this episode, we discuss how to problem solve the principal-coach relationship, create boundaries, overcome obstacles, and proactively set up an agreement to make our coaching role clear. You’ll learn how to work with administrators, prevent miscommunication, and what to do when your principal asks you to do something that's outside of the scope of your coaching work.

If you're an instructional coach or working with teachers, this episode of The Coaching Podcast is for you! Listen to the entire episode below.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 116 - Problem Solving the Principal-Coach Relationship with EduCoach Survival Guide

  • The coach-principal relationship
  • How to use agreements with teachers and administrators
  • Establishing boundaries
  • Being strategic about time spent with the principal
  • The steps to create a principal-coach agreement
  • How to have an open conversation with your administration to discuss expectations and focus
  • Setting the stage for a healthy coach-principal relationship
  • What an effective coach-principal relationship looks like
  • Building relationships with teachers and principals
  • How to talk to a principal who doesn't understand your coaching role and isn't supportive
  • Communicating clearly with your principal and preventing miscommunication
  • Using artifacts/documents during meetings
  • Structuring meetings with your principal
  • Helping principals understand what coaches do
  • What administrators can do if coaches don't have a solid understanding of their role
  • Importance of PD and investing in training for coaches
  • What to say to your principal when they ask you to do something outside your coaching role

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Transformational Coaching with Becca Silver, Ep. 115 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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If you’re like most instructional coaches, you probably focus on content and skills when working with teachers. But what about mindset? 

On episode 115 of The Coaching Podcast, I’m joined by Becca Silver. She’s the CEO and Founder of The Whole Educator, which provides training in transformational coaching. Her company focuses specifically on utilizing teachers’ mindset and motivation to make a big impact on their effectiveness and resilience.

During the episode, Becca explains what transformation coaching is, how it’s different from traditional coaching, and the benefits of using it with teachers. You'll learn about reflective listening, how to build trust with teachers, and what to do if you're not seeing growth. She gives real-life examples from her work with educators and explains how to start using transformational coaching with your teachers today.  

This episode is packed with information, and I know you’ll walk away with new ideas for coaching your teachers. If you want to learn more about transformational coaching, listen to the full episode below.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 115 -Transformational Coaching with Becca Silver

  • What is transformation coaching
  • Growth vs. fixed mindset
  • Problematic mindsets including perfectionism, needing to be liked, and not feeling good enough
  • Why saying “should” is a red flag
  • Developing relationships purposefully with educators by finding things in common, being a good listener, and acknowledging their feelings
  • Reflective listening – what is it and what does it look like in action,
  • Why coaches need to practice their listening skills
  • Listening between people's words and identifying what’s important to them
  • Examples of transformational coaching dialogues and questions
  • Asking “why” and digging deeper with teachers
  • The transformational coaching cycle – similarities and differences from the traditional coaching cycle
  • Skill vs will
  • Intentionally building trust with teachers
  • Unpacking complaints and reframing them 
  • What to do if you’re not seeing growth in the classroom
  • How to start transformational coaching with teachers – Hint: It starts with you!
  • The importance of adjusting and modifying your approach
  • Different kinds of resistance from teachers
  • Results from transformational coaching
  • Why instructional coaches need coaching and training on adult learning
  • Differences between a coach and consultant

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

The First 20 Days of Coaching, Ep. 114 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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It’s time to start thinking about back to school. This August on the Coaching Podcast we’re chatting about how to get ready for the beginning of the year. I have a series of episodes lined up that will help you create a foundation for coaching and give you the tools so you can build on it for the rest of the school year.

In this episode, we’re talking about those all-important first 20 days of coaching. I give you week-by-week tasks to accomplish to set the groundwork for the year ahead.

The First 20 Days of Coaching

The first 20 days of coaching are similar to the first few weeks of teaching students. That first month of school is all about setting expectations, rituals, and routines. It’s the same with coaching.

During the first 20 days in my classroom, I got to know my kids and helped them get to know me. I also explicitly stated, what we were there to do, and what our jobs were during each component of the day. As an instructional coach, you do the same with teachers. You get to know your team, define your role, and set expectations.

Below is a week-by-week breakdown of what you can do to set yourself up for success. Of course, it’s flexible based on your school’s needs. Listen to the entire episode to get all the details.

Week 1

The focus of your first week of coaching is to situate yourself in the school. This includes getting an understanding of the school and introducing yourself.

This week you’ll

  • Review data from last year
  • Set realistic goals for your coaching work and have a conversation with your principal to define your role clearly
  • Create a document with those goals and post it somewhere you’ll see it all the time.
  • Make a coaching menu with a list of the coaching services you offer
  • Meet with each teacher socially
  • Set up your coaching space

Week 2

The second week is all about building relationships and providing casual support.

Some things you’ll do this week include

  • Putting your coaching schedule together
  • Designing any documents or systems needed for scheduling
  • Getting copies of your teachers’ schedules
  • Visiting classrooms and leaving positive notes about the great things you see in their rooms
  • Building a virtual classroom or newsletter with an About Me section
  • Planning a “Coffee with the Coach” session
  • Collaboratively define group norms with your teams
  • Providing classroom setup support as needed

Week 3

Week 3 focuses on learning all about your school and the staff.

Tasks for this week are

  • Organizing your coaching and curricular tools
  • Looking at state standards
  • Reviewing state and local assessments
  • Familiarizing yourself with the curriculum
  • Planning for your beginning of the year (BOY) data/assessments
  • Creating a survey asking teachers about the support they need

Week 4

Week four is focused on the classroom and getting everything you need set up for a successful year.

Some things that you’ll do this week include

  • Initiating coaching cycles with teachers who want to try them out
  • Building a document binder or virtual log for your coaching cycles and other work
  • Adding tools teachers need to your virtual classroom
  • Identifying PD opportunities
  • Checking in with your principal

There you have it. The steps you can take during the first 20 days of school. As I was planning this episode, I realized it would be helpful for coaches to have all the resources mentioned in this episode in one place. So, I decided to create a new product, First 20 Days of Instructional Coaching Start-Up Kit and Forms. It includes all the tools that you'll need to do the work I talk about during the episode. You’ll get checklists, forms, invitations, binder covers, and so much more. Be sure to check it out!

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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!

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