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Video and the Thoughtful Coach

Three years ago I began video-recording teachers during lessons. It seemed like a win-win. The teacher would reflect on what went well and what needed tweaking inside their lessons, and...

Coaching Minute: Back Pocket Questions

In this Coaching Minute video, Heather Rader shares the power of back-pocket questions in building rapport with teachers and administrators. A transcript is available below the player. In the book...

Coaching Minute: Wait for the “In”

In this brief video, Heather Rader shares her strategies for getting into classrooms of teachers who may be hesitant about inviting visits from coaches. A transcript is available below the...

Coaching Minute: The Power of Rehearsal

Heather Rader guides a novice coach by sharing the power of rehearsal before leading professional development sessions. A transcript is provided below the player. My colleague Samantha Munnecke and I...

Ask Me – I’m Not the Expert

If nothing else, children should leave school with a sense that if they act, and act strategically, they can accomplish their goals. I call this feeling a sense of agency....

Making Assumptions

It had been a rough morning. I’d spent the last two and a half hours in jaw-tightening silence, watching a novice teacher making misstep after misstep in his classroom. In...

Supporting New Teachers and Appreciating Their Gifts

The research is clear and the statistics are grim. The most important factor that influences student achievement is the skill of the teacher, yet we lose more than 50 percent...

Acquiring Knowledge Two or Three Strategies at a Time

“Hey, Papi! What is that crop growing over there?” My dad responds patiently to repeated requests by my nine-year-old son, Jack, to identify exactly what is growing in the fertile...

Tips for More Effective Debriefing Sessions

We do a lot of demonstration lessons in our coaching work. Lately we have been reflecting on how we structure these sessions. We find the debriefing of the lesson to...

Collaborating with My Principal on Student-Centered Coaching

It is the beginning of a new school year, and I am tucked in a small private meeting room with my coaching colleague Heather, drawing timelines and outlines. I’m shifting...

Teacher and Coach Common Quiet Signals

Each teacher has one or more special signals to get students’ attention. When literacy coach Heather Rader began working with second-grade teacher Sean Moore she noted how he asked students...

Coaching Minute: On the Go Follow-Up Tip

In this Coaching Minute video, Heather Rader shares advice for dealing with teachers who need support when you are in the midst of other responsibilities. A transcript is available below...

Evocative Coaching with Bob and Megan Tschannen-Moran (PODCAST)

Bob and Megan Tschannen-Moran are the authors of Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time. In this podcast with Heather Rader they talk about their work with teachers and...

Katherine Casey on Coaching in Classrooms (PODCAST)

Katherine Casey shares her latest thinking with Heather Rader on the best ways to mentor teachers in classrooms. Katherine is the author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials. You can visit her...

Jennifer Allen on Working with New Teachers (PODCAST)

Franki Sibberson chats with Jennifer Allen about the joys and challenges of working with new teachers. A transcript is below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What have you found to be...

Jennifer Allen on Working with Veteran Teachers (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Jennifer Allen talks with Franki Sibberson about mentoring veteran teachers. A transcript is included below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What is your role in working with...

Getting the Most Out of Visiting a Colleague’s Classroom (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan chat with Franki Sibberson about how teachers can get the most out of observing a colleague’s classroom. A full transcript is below...

What Coaches Carry (Part 1)

As I prepare to mentor three new coaches this year in different assignments: elementary building coach, secondary reading intervention coach and middle grades math coach, I sit down to have...

Ways to Avoid Coaching Traps

When we first began providing staff development to schools, our mentor at Tufts University shared the book Strategies for Teacher Collaboration by Loviah Aldinger with us. We each carry a well-worn copy...

Word Choice for Coaches

Peter Johnston has written an entire book about the subtleties of our communications. In Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning, Johnston explores the places where work is partially correct. He...

Three Little Phrases No Literacy Coach Can Live Without

If there are three skills any literacy coach needs, they are the ability to engage with colleagues, diffuse hostile situations, and connect with people who have a different world view....