Welcome back! The new school year has begun with teachers, coaches, administrators, students, and parents asking what happened to the summer?? Now think back to last April and May when your thoughts were hovering on the impossible, “I wish I had done …” or “I wanted to do this but didn’t get around to it.” You were probably agonizing over what you didn’t do instead of celebrating the successes of your teaching colleagues.
August is the start of a new school year. (Unless, of course, you worked all summer thinking, planning, wondering, hoping, and actually getting your room ready; sound familiar?) The excitement, energy, and promise to make changes and new commitments take possession of your body and soul. You are ready to jump in with both feet and hit the ground running. You’ve learned many things last year and want to ensure that this year begins on solid footing, supporting a shared vision that builds on previous years’ accomplishments.
So, here are some words of wisdom:
1) Remind your teaching colleagues of the “coaching habit” and BDA process of
consultation; the conversations are where reality surfaces and change occurs.
2) Organize your work and plan your schedule of coaching support; remember, the
coaching process is deliberate, targeted, non-evaluative, and descriptive.
3) Provide feedback: “nice” is sweet, like candy, but it doesn’t change practice; make
sure your feedback is specific, descriptive, intentional, reflective and data driven;
4) Focus on a systems approach to school improvement; how can coaching help
schools accomplish the goals for school wide improvement;
5) Be productive: engage your teaching colleagues in ongoing conversations about
teaching and learning and move them to the next level of attainment.
What are your goals for the new year? How will you build on last year’s accomplishments?