Starting Coaching Cycles at your School Site

Coaching cycles are a way for instructional coaches to individually support classroom teachers. The role of an instructional coach is to guide the growth and development of teachers. Coaching cycles provide a roadmap instructional coaches can follow to keep teachers on the growth trajectory. This post will share how to get started with coaching cycles…

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Celebrating International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is September 8th. It became an official holiday celebrated around the world in 1967 as a way to work towards creating a more literate society. This holiday can be celebrated by everyone in the community, and doesn’t have to only be for one day either. It could become a week long or…

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Learning Objectives: 3 Things Students Must Know

Learning objectives are goals teachers set for each lesson. These objectives are skills students are acquiring rather than content topics being covered. Students work hard to achieve the objective by the end of the instructional lesson. Teachers often write these objectives on the board to share them with students. Administrators look for them when they…

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Light the Spark in Team Synergy

Team synergy can be difficult to create but highly impactful when cultivated. Artfully bringing together the perfect recipe of individuals on a team allows their strengths to shine, their instructional proficiency to soar, and their impact on students to skyrocket. The question is then… How do you create the most effective combination of team members?…

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Leadership Tips for Instructional Coaches- Part 4

This four-part series shares leadership tips for instructional coaches. Each subsequent post will be specific to an aspect of coaching. Part One shared generalized tips, Part Two discussed organization, professional growth, and teacher motivation/buy-in and Part Three focused on how to best support classroom instruction. This post is Part Four and discusses how to support…

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Leadership Tips for Instructional Coaches- Part 3

This four-part series shares leadership tips for instructional coaches. Each subsequent post will be specific to an aspect of coaching. Part One shared generalized tips. Part Two discussed organization, professional growth, and teacher motivation/buy-in. This blog post is Part Three and discusses how to best support classroom instruction. The role of an instructional coach is…

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Leadership Tips for Instructional Coaches- Part 2

This four-part series shares leadership tips for instructional coaches. Each subsequent post will be specific to an aspect of coaching. Part One shared generalized tips. This blog post is Part Two and discusses organization, professional growth, and teacher motivation/buy-in. MOTIVATION & BUY-IN To see growth and development of teacher skillsets, leaders need to cultivate a…

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Leadership Tips for Instructional Coaches- Part 1

This four-part series shares leadership tips for instructional coaches. This first post will share generalized tips and each subsequent post will be specific to an aspect of coaching. Below are 7 leadership tips for instructional coaches: Be Human– Before leaders can lead, they need to be able to connect as people. Share your interests, show…

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10 End of Year Tasks for Instructional Coaches

Coaching teachers at the end of the year differs from the typical routine followed all year long. Generally, state testing begins to alter a coach’s schedule in the spring as they account for testing supplies and proper distribution, planning student accommodation locations and support variations, and completing other minor tasks. During this time, Professional Learning…

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Leading a Teacher Appreciation Event at your School Site

Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day occur in the month of May. These events were created to show support for hard-working teachers and the impactful work they do in classrooms every day. These celebrations should incorporate all stakeholders that teachers work with daily (ie.students, non-instructional staff, leadership team, parents and community members). Whether you…

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