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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...

A Secret to Successful Teacher-Coach Relationships

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.                                                             Thomas Jefferson When...

Coaching Minute: Teachers First

In this brief video, Ruth Ayres explains why listening and asking genuine questions are essential when mentoring teachers.  

You Are Not My Mentor

Sociologists and psychologists have long observed our deep desire to participate in reciprocal behavior. The fact that humans feel obligated to return favors has been documented in virtually all societies...

Coaching Minute: One Size Does Not Fit All

Ruth Ayres talks about the importance of varying responses to teachers with diverse needs in this two-minute video.  

Coaching Minute: Who I Know You to Be

Heather Rader shares a great phrase to use when building relationships with colleagues in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below the player. Once a month I work...

Coaching Minute: Little Things

In this brief video tip, Ruth Ayres reminds us it's the little things that matter most when it comes to coaching.  

Quick Check-ins: Touching Base Before Coaching Sessions

Coaching places teachers’ self-esteem and professional respect on the line, because it exposes how teachers teach, how they think about teaching, and how they plan for teaching to the scrutiny...

Virtually Coaching a Lesson

I'd known Chad for about two months when his first observation was scheduled. Chad had shared with me that he didn't feel like his new principal understood him. Even though...

Time In/Time Out Conference: Andrew

In this "time in/time out" conference, Ruth Ayres and Cathy Laker meet with second grader Andrew, who is working on a "versus" story in writing workshop.    

Time In/Time Out Conference: Ava

The Time In/Time Out Conference is a terrific way for coaches to maximize time and reflection in classrooms. Literacy Coach Ruth Ayres and Cathy Laker confer with Ava, a second...