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Jennifer Abrams on Being "Triggered by Resistance"

A guest blog by Jennifer Abrams: "I spent some time last week with a colleague who was looking to get 'unstuck.' She wasn't sure what was next on her career path. She was calling many of her former colleagues to meet, to talk, to 'get perspective.'"


My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion

I'm frequently asked, "What's your secret weapon for coaching. What's the number one tool or strategy you use?" I think people want a response such as, "It's active listening," or "I always plan for coaching conversations," something concrete and replicable. After some reflection, I've identified my secret coaching weapon. It's compassion.


Coaching Toward the Common Core State Standards

One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.


Five Practices That Could Transform Your Coaching

I spent last week learning about transformational coaching with educators from all over our country, plus one participant from Kenya! Some fifty teacher-leaders, coaches, and administrators came to Oakland and participated in my "Art of Coaching" institutes and dug deep into the what, how and why of transformational coaching. I love facilitating these workshops and always come away with a deeper understanding of coaching because of the questions that are asked, the connections that are made, the ways in which I'm pushed to think and articulate and share. So first--thank you to all who participated! Spending so much time this ...


An Instructional Coach's First Week

Carmen, who is beginning her first year as a coach, wrote me asking, "What does the first week for a coach look like? And how does a schedule play an important role for the coach and her principal in terms of what they're expecting?" These are great questions and timely to the start of a new year.


In Search of a Metaphor for Coaching

One of the keys to being an effective instructional coach is to be absolutely clear on your role: What is your purpose in coaching? What are you supposed to do as a coach?


How to Plan for Coaching Conversations

Some of you may already know that I'm a loud, staunch, passionate advocate for planning--in this case, for coaches to plan their coaching sessions with teachers...if you plan for a coaching conversation it's almost guaranteed to be smoother, go deeper, be more strategic, and result in transformational learning than had you just showed up and jumped in.


Reflecting on a Year of Learning

The end of the school year can feel like a mad dash for the finish line as we wrap up projects, PD strands and coaching cycles. I want to encourage you--strongly and enthusiastically--to carve out some time for yourself during this period to reflect on your work this year: on the impact you had on individuals, teams, organizations, the learning you experienced, and the growth you made.


Why We Need to Use Active Listening: Because 'It's Not About the Nail'

In case you'd like a more visually entertaining argument for active listening, watch this video, "It's Not About the Nail." http://youtu.be/-4EDhdAHrOg


Active Listening: The Key To Transforming Your Coaching

I'm just about ready to declare that active listening is the highest priority skill for a coach to master and that it must be mastered prior to success using any other strategy. This is because I have seen and experienced innumerable instances where a coaching conversation either results in deep insight and big changes as a result of the coach's skill in using active listening or because a conversation has struggled because a coach didn't use active listening.


The opinions expressed in The Art of Coaching Teachers are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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