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Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor

Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
 
Let’s face it, change is a pain. My wife loves to cook and decided she wanted a Thermomix for her birthday.  Although there is no appliance she doesn’t already own, a Thermomix was what she wanted.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, David Hain
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"As leaders our job is to inspire and show our teams the vision of what they could be after they embrace change!! Hmmm, something to ponder over as I eat another bowl of porridge."

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM

What I learned about leadership from my bowl of porridge.

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15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes

15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders - Forbes | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal.
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Pretty comprehensive list!  The best way to locate a great leader is through finding the leaders they grow.

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What is the Value of a Coach?

What is the Value of a Coach? | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Education moves society forward. And coaches are one important way we move schools forward. A coach is as valuable as a better future for our children.
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A coach is a second set of hands and eyes.  They leave a legacy.  

 

If done well.  

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Collaboration doesn't have to be a four letter word

Collaboration doesn't have to be  a four letter word | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Now here is a tribe; REAL collaboration.  Five humans working toward a common goal.  Each member participates, not in an additive manner, but in ways that blend the magic of the individuals into on...
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Collaboration is tricky BUT the outcome can be a beautiful thing if done thoughtfully.  

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The Most Important Part of Instructional Coaching - Radical Learners

The Most Important Part of Instructional Coaching - Radical Learners | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
After more than a decade studying instructional coaching, research has shown that one factor plays a crucial role in successful instructional coaching.
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purpose first!

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The Partnership Approach to Professional Learning | Instructional Coaching

The partnership approach is presented as the quickest and most respectful way to move forward with professional learning and professional development. Corwin...
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Jim Knight discusses his book "Unmistakable Impact" which supports a partnership approach to professional learning and coaching.   

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Solving the Problem of Dumb Leaders

Solving the Problem of Dumb Leaders | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Maxwell said, "Leaders are learners." The trouble with learning is unlearning. The trouble with learning is it changes past thinking. Learning amplifies, modifies, or invalidates past learning. The...
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Learning leaders:

Welcome awkward and uncomfortable questions from underlings and outsiders. Insiders seldom put you on the spot. You sign their pay checks and impact their career.Explore the assumptions of others. Learning leaders assume the assumptions of others. Try getting in the head of someone else and defending their position. You never learn when all you do is defend what you know.Read every day.Ask, “What if?” often.Journal. Record and reflect upon what you learn.Adapt and change. Name one thing you’ve changed in the last few months. You haven’t learned till you change, regardless of what you know.Draw out thoughts and ideas from others. How is the idea-flow around you? Is your closed mind closing their mouths?
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Autonomy and the need to back off by design as teachers

Autonomy and the need to back off by design as teachers | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
  My greatest learning as a teacher came on the soccer field. We had been working for a few weeks on the same key ‘moves’ on the field related to creating ‘space’. After a few practices, the team l...
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helicopter coaches?!

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Teachers as Leaders

Teachers as Leaders | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership experts in the K-12 field Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write about challenges and possibilities for administrators in the 21st century.
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Reasons we need teacher leaders; how to develop and support them 

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The Magic of Leadership – Converting

The Magic of Leadership – Converting | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the magical aspect of leadership is the work of converting - thoughts to actions, plans to actions, actions to results.

Via Joe Boutte, donhornsby, Les Howard
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We must come out of the clouds and put "feet' to concepts so that people can implement tomorrow.  

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Les Howard's curator insight, February 5, 2013 5:52 AM

Interesting post that could be applied to all levels: students, adults, self, and family. 

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Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:54 AM

 

  Ideas que valen la pena de tener siempre en cuenta.

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Three Surprising Secrets to Moving People

Three Surprising Secrets to Moving People | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
All leaders move people. Moving people begins when you understand them, not when they understand you. Daniel Pink believes the ability to move people begins with attunement. “Attunement is the abil...
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"Attunement is the ability to bring ones actions and outlook into harmony with other people and with the context you’re in."


This starts with empathy.  

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How To Lead Change: 3 Simple Steps - Forbes

How To Lead Change: 3 Simple Steps - Forbes | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

First the bad news: If you’re not willing to embrace change you’re not ready to lead. Put simply, leadership is not a static endeavor.


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"First the bad news: If you’re not willing to embrace change you’re not ready to lead."


The change cycle in three easy steps;  Identify need for change, lead the change, manage the change.


What follows are 10 key points you then need to consider.  These key points essentially help you negotiate potential roadblocks.  

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Christine Heine's comment, January 29, 2013 6:51 PM
A posting similar to leading through change: http://www.christinemheine.com/2012/09/5-things-school-leaders-should-consider.html
Randall Crosby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:01 PM

If you are going to grow as a leader, you are going to have to be willing to change.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Remember, It Was Once Someone’s Good Idea

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Remember, It Was Once Someone’s Good Idea | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Remember It Was Once Someone's Good Idea http://t.co/HWZVRBIp ME:Something 2 consider when implementing change #isedchat #cpchat #plpnetwork
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Meet them where they are and helpf them toward the next place (with a shared vision).  

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How to Suck at Leadership, A Quick 7 Steps

Have you ever woken up in the morning and said to yourself: “I’m tired of being a good leader. Today, I want to suck at it!”
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Nice take!
See it on Scoop.it, via Coaching Leaders

Via Jesse Jacoby & Emergent, David Hain
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Concise take on the matter!  

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Critical Friends: The Benefits of Instructional Coaches

Critical Friends: The Benefits of Instructional Coaches | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

 

Instructional coaches seem to be a new phenomenon in schools. Their job is to help educators become better teachers. They observe teachers teaching, go over instructional data, and model good teaching practices. As much as this may be new for schools, the core of instructional coaching has been around for a long time.


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"Knights says instructional coaches employ the following seven practices:
• Enrolls the teacher - they conduct one-to-one interviews with each teacher prior to the experience. 
• Engages in collaborative planning - The coach meets with the collaborating teacher to discuss how a new teaching practice can be implemented effectively. 
• Models the lesson- The coach must model the lesson in the collaborating teacher's classroom while the teacher observes. 
• Teacher-directed post conference - Both parties must meet to discuss what the teacher observed the coach doing while modeling the lesson. 
• Coach observes the lesson- It's the teacher's turn to teach the lesson. 
• Exploring data together - The coach and teacher discuss the data gathered during mutual observations. 
• Providing continued support - This is a continuous relationship that needs to be fostered over the year."


I am eager to keep practicing effective coaching.  Fidelity is an on-going issue.  

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:04 AM

 

Instructional coaches seem to be a new phenomenon in schools. Their job is to help educators become better teachers. They observe teachers teaching, go over instructional data, and model good teaching practices. As much as this may be new for schools, the core of instructional coaching has been around for a long time.

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Coaching

 

Rachelle Wooten's comment, March 23, 2013 3:10 PM
This was a great read! This is mostly what I do. These practices for Knight will help me more consistent in my quality of service. I plan to begin doing research of my own to assess the impact of ed tech coaching.
Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 23, 2013 3:11 PM

This was a great read! This is mostly what I do. These practices for Knight will help me more consistent in my quality of service. I plan to begin doing research of my own to assess the impact of ed tech coaching.

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Coaching a Surgeon: What Makes Top Performers Better?

Coaching a Surgeon: What Makes Top Performers Better? | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Great article looking into coaching.  

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5 Characteristics of a Change Agent

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change… In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated...
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Nice insight!

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Why Professional Learning Fails | Instructional Coaching

How to establish effective helping relationship in learning environments by respecting the professionalism of teachers and treating them as equal partners. C...
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Effective relationships matter!  Must treat them as equals with a voice who set their own goals.  

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3 Things That Show Strength, Not Weakness

3 Things That Show Strength, Not Weakness | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by phalinn As a student, I had a specific notion of what a principal should be and in my head they were similar to the “Wizard of Oz”; a person that hid behind the curtain but had all of the knowledge in the...
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Leading doesn't mean you know everything.  Leading does mean you have a future focused vision;  you know how and where to find answers.  

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Instructional Coaching: Cybraryman Internet Catalogue

Instructional Coaching:  Cybraryman Internet Catalogue | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Instructional coaching :  a flurry of resources all in one spot!  

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Lead Learner 2012: 4 Reasons and Ways to Keep It Simple

Lead Learner 2012: 4 Reasons and Ways to Keep It Simple | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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This article was meaningful for me.  As someone rabid for growth, I know I need to think carefully about how I approach things with others who might not be as eager to change what is currently happening. 

 

Great take aways:  

 

Knot new ideas with old; invigorate interest, simplify language, seek input.  Great, great tips.  

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Looking Forward: Instructional Coaching Pre-Program Adoption Staff Attitude Survey

Looking Forward: Instructional Coaching Pre-Program Adoption Staff Attitude Survey | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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This instrument is designed to allow teachers to anonymously self-report their affective positioning towards instructional coaching. As schools look to implement instructional coaching models as part of a professional development program, professional development personnel will need to gather baseline data regarding their teacher’s level of comfort with the various elements of the instructional coaching process

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To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First

To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

Envisioning a better future, setting worthy goals, and following through with sustainable impact first and foremost requires leading yourself. Often leadership is a lonely road. And to keep ourselves inspired, motivated, and energized we need to lead ourselves with our heart, purpose, and devotion.


Via donhornsby, Les Howard
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Purpose, heart, devotion.  Simple.  

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:36 AM

(From the article): As the late Stephen Covey so eloquently stated, "personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things."

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Lead, Coach, and Build Capacity

Lead, Coach, and Build Capacity | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

Building capacity in the school district means improving and strengthening the learning in our students, employees, teachers, administrators, school board, and community. Coaching is a great way to build capacity, and leaders naturally build capacity.

 


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Includes the characteristics of a great coach.  Short video explains how coaching works.  

 

One characteristic:  Grows other people.  This is an area of focus for me.  We need to help others know where they are and envision where they want to be.  

 

 

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5 Characteristics of a Change Agent

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change… In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated...
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"Change agents create more leaders, not more followers. "

 

Five traits:  

1.  relationships built on trust

2.  knowledgeable; leads by example

3.  asks tough questions

4. patiently persisten

5. clear vision

 

As a leader of change, it all seems to pivot upon relationships.  That requires interaction/empathy/time/etc.  One cannot do this behind a computer, from a phone or in a one shot deal.   

 

Knowing your content, but understanding where they are is the way to move them to the next place.  Felxibility is vital if it is going to work in their context.  

 

We are the designers of context, not content.  That I know.  

 

Thank you George for adding to my learning. 

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