Being an instructional coach means you have accepted the role of being a leader. As a leader, there are specific skills you need to know and use in order to do your best work. Those skills are:
Great Coaches Have These 5 Attributes!
Being a great coach takes a lot of work. There are certain attributes that I believe makes for a great coach. After coaching for many years, I've identified specific attributes, or characteristics, that I think made me a better coach. These attributes are:
3 Mistakes Coaches Need to Avoid
We all make mistakes as instructional coaches in fact, mistakes are unavoidable. Some of the most crucial mistakes coaches make are:
Don't Fall into These 5 Traps!
Instructional coaches are considered servant leaders. Because of this, you help out more than you probably should. There's nothing wrong with supporting and helping out, just be sure not to fall into these traps.
Trap #1 - Not asking the right questions, or not asking questions at all.
Trap #2 - Giving teachers all of the answers.
Trap #3 - Doing too much of the work.
Trap #4 - Working with students more than teachers.
Trap #5 - Not giving feedback.
5 Must-Haves When Planning Professional Development!
As you know, Instructional Coaches wear many hats. One of those hats is that of a presenter. As a presenter, you prepare for delivering professional development for the teachers at your school or in your district. In order for you to deliver clear and presentations, you must be organized.
When preparing for professional development, use these 5 must-haves to keep everything you need in order.
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5 Tips for New Instructional Coaches!
Tip #1: Relax.
Take a deep breath and remember that you can’t do it all at one time.
Tip #2: Be visible.
Try not to be in your office for long periods of time unless you’re meeting with teams or teachers. This gives the illusion of you not working.
Tip #3: Be empathetic.
Being empathetic shows that you genuinely understand teachers' concerns. This will take you far in building those all-important relationships.
Tip #4: Build relationships.
The support you provide to teachers and the work you do with them is truly a partnership.
Tip #5: Celebrate!
Celebrate yourself for the work you do and celebrate teachers by acknowledge their work and the progress they’ve made.
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