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Coaching Basics: Choice

My father-in-law taught me to drive his new fishing boat. It is unlike any fishing boat I’ve ever seen. Sparkles and speed combine to make me feel like a character...

Why I Love Having a Coach

This year, our district put literacy and math coaches in place at the elementary level. I knew I’d love having a coach, but I had no idea how much I...

On Being Observed

Jeni shares reflections on teacher observations and what needs to be in place for them to work well.    

What I Wish I’d Known As a New Coach

As I begin my fourth year in my position as our district’s writing and social studies coordinator, I realize my work alongside teachers has changed in subtle and profound ways....

A Good Coach Is a Good Wingman

During World War I, the US Air Force started using a wingman pattern for their fighter jets. The wingman flies off the right wing and slightly behind the lead. The...

What Matters Most: Building Relationships

When I began my job as a literacy coach, I had a steep learning curve ahead of me. I was eager to learn, so I bought several books about coaching...

Coaching Debrief Early in the Year

Heather Rader observes Sean Moore teach a writing lesson to his second graders early in the year. This video of the debrief session highlights Heather’s open-ended questions and listening strategies....

Good Intentions Gone Wrong

“Oh please, don’t do that!” As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I knew I shouldn’t have said them. It was early Friday morning before school, and...

Learning How to Communicate: From Teacher to Coach

One fall Saturday evening, at the end of a long week when things felt a little out of control, I decided it would feel good to clean up and clear...

Narrative Nonfiction Conference

Literacy coach Heather Rader confers with Beth Lawson about using more narrative nonfiction in both reading and writing workshops.

Getting Creative in Building Relationships with Teachers

Soon after my husband and I moved into our home, we found ourselves locked out. It was before we had a chance to have extra keys cut and stowed on...

Tips for Conducting Demonstration Lessons, or How to Avoid the “Am I Doing This Right?” Question

Teachers spend most of their day alone with their class, and each day they are required to make hundreds of “in-the-moment” instructional decisions. Here are just a few of the...

Just Tell Me! Evaluation and the Coach’s Dilemma

Coaches are not evaluators. We are a teacher's side-by-side partner; a confidential listener, encouraging teachers to take risks, helping them to hone their skills to become the best teacher for...

Coaching Conversations: Easing Your Way into Positive Relationships

In this conversation, Sharon Thompson chats with Brenda Power about how important it is for new coaches to listen, and the hazards of going where you aren't wanted. A full...

Picture It: Mentoring Organization

Here you see Mandy Robek has sorted her markers into color bins so kindergarten students can easily find what they need and return it to the right place. Valuable teaching...

Coaching Minute: Listen and Be Brave

Deb Gaby has wise advice about the coach's role with teachers in this brief video.

Reflection and Growth with New Teachers

As a teacher leader with the Teacher Mentor Program in my district, I shared Charlotte Danielson’s P-T-R-A cycle with new teachers and their mentors. P-T-R-A stands for Plan, Teach, Reflect,...

Coaching Conference Early in the Year

Melanie Quinn talks with Neisha about plans for writing workshop at the start of the year, and how Melanie can help.  

Coaching Minute: Notes

Heather Rader explains how she uses the “notes” section in organizers to build rapport with teachers in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below the player.   Systems...

Match-and-Move in Coaching

As I was closing the trunk on my last-minute camping groceries, I got my child’s “Please get me underwear” text. I sighed and returned to the store. If she needed...

Coaching Minute: Personal Story Barometer

Are you sharing too many anecdotes in your coaching? In this quick video tip, Heather Rader explains the “personal story barometer” she uses to gauge whether a story should be...