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Scheduling Study Groups for the Year

It’s that time of year when I launch professional development offerings for next year. Some of the texts are being used in voluntary study groups, others in grade-level team meetings....

Time to Plan

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?                                                                               Henry David Thoreau I’m a mom to four active teenagers....

Coaching Minute: Rethinking Time

Jennifer Schwanke finds that one of the biggest changes in moving from teaching to leadership is control (or lack of it) over her time.

Dropping In Versus Scheduling

Last spring, severe thunderstorms blew through the Midwest. The winds ripped off siding and loosened shingles, and hail pitted windows and splintered soffits. My house took a beating. Immediately, we...

When Teachers Design the Professional Development Calendar

Sometimes professional development creeps up on us. All of a sudden, we have a three-hour chunk of time with a group of teachers, and we grapple with how to plan...

A Yearlong Coaching Calendar

I took a deep breath and positioned my fingers over the keyboard. It was the beginning of November, and it was time. I had just completed two successful coaching cycles...

Reigniting Your Coaching Schedule in December

It happens. That moment when you glance at your calendar and current cycles of coaching are ending and there isn’t much scheduled in the way of new work. This is...

“Got a Minute?”: Rethinking My Schedule and Priorities

I was in a second-grade classroom, observing students and the teacher working on personal narratives, when I got a call from the office. “Matt, a parent is here and would...

Getting Out of the Tater Tot Office: The Importance of Visibility

In my role as a literacy coach, I’ve shared a lot of spaces with a lot of people and a lot of “stuff”: spaces with walls of computer equipment, stuffed...

I Have Time

One of the first pieces of advice I was given as a new coach was this: Always be busy. This advice was followed with a list of suggestions of how...

Coaching Minute: Punctuality

Heather Rader explains why starting professional development meetings on time is crucial in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below the player.     I’ve noticed that if...

Coaching Minute: Ending the Day

Heather Rader shares a quick video tip about the importance of closing rituals at the end of the coaching day. A transcript is available below the player. Writers know to...

Coaching Minute: Birthday Tip

Heather Rader has a quick video tip for organizing low-stress birthday celebrations for colleagues. A transcript is available below the player.       Most people like to be remembered...

Coaching Minute: Set Your Alarm

Heather Rader has a tip for ensuring you stay on schedule and "in the moment" during your meetings in this brief video tip. A transcript is available below the player....

Coaching Owls, Larks, and Hummingbirds

What do birds have to do with coaching? More than I initially suspected. I first read about sleep patterns of larks, owls, and hummingbirds in John Medina’s book Brain Rules:...

Planning for a Year of Study Groups

Sustainable improvement can never be done to or even for teachers. It can only ever be achieved by and with them.                                                                                    Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan As a literacy...

Coaching in the Moment

Recently we have noticed that some of our best coaching moments are happening outside of our coaching schedule. These on-the-go conversations in the photocopier line, in the parking lot, or...

Planning Classroom Visits: Organizing Purposefully

For instructional coaches and principals, opportunities to visit classrooms and observe learning and teaching are critical.  As a principal, I knew I needed a plan so I could make the...

The Dangers of Overplanning

I am a planner and a list maker. I am the person who goes out jogging in the morning, sits down, makes my list, and writes “jogging” and crosses it...

Creating a Master Schedule

As August approached each year, I was the teacher who began to think and plan for the coming school year. I watched the weekend ads for the latest sales and...

Alignment and Community: Planning a Year of Professional Development Opportunities

The role of the leader is to enable, facilitate, and cause peers to interact in a focused manner. Peer interaction is the social glue of focus and cohesion. Michael Fullan...