189: Do you Push, Pull or Guide?

Instructional coaching and teacher leadership are essential for moving the needle in student achievement and teacher proficiency. But the way coaches are leading teachers ends up landing flat because they are either pushing too hard or pulling too far. The secret to great teacher leadership is being a guide on the side- not pushing or pulling too much. Tune in to hear 3 steps to ensure you pass the ownership baton to teachers so that the improvement is long term.

Quotables

  • When we make decisions under pressure, on a short time frame, we lack the intention and insight necessary for that decision to ever truly become effective.
  • Great Teachers don’t equal great leaders.
  • We gotta stop panicking and jumping on the latest bandwagon.
  • Because growth pain is ordinary and expected and the pain makes the results that much more worth it.
  • It might be faster to push or pull, but it’s never effective.
  • [Teachers] are invested in the process when they know you are invested in them as people.
  • Transparency and being human is what connects us all.

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I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.