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8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher

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What makes a teacher strong? What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle.  The answers are nebulous at best.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 27, 2013 4:50 PM

It is OK to say I am not very good with a particular type of technology or program. Someone will be and it becomes collaborative.

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The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio

The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
It's the secret to high-performing teams -- and strong marriages.

 

Which is more effective in improving team performance: using positive feedback to let people know when they're doing well, or offering constructive comments to help them when they're off track?

New research suggests that this is a trick question. The answer, as one might intuitively expect, is that both are important. But the real question is — in what proportion?


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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:27 PM

It's a fairly obvious notion, but people do perform better when there is a generous sprinkling of criticism.  It works well for children too.  And why not?

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Why the Most Successful Leaders Are Givers

Why the Most Successful Leaders Are Givers | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan talks to organizational psychologist Adam Grant about his new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.
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Principals Discuss Effective Leadership Practices

Principals Discuss Effective Leadership Practices | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Principals from across the nation give firsthand accounts of leadership in action in the latest video series from the Wallace Foundation.

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Creating a High Performing Team

Creating a High Performing Team | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
It doesn't matter what type of leader you are, you want to be successful, and your success as a leader depends on the success of your team. We all struggle at times, and when one struggles, the en...
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Levi Derosby's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:16 PM

Leaders are not only in sports but also in most jobs, especially the military. This gives a great vision on how we should perform as a leader.

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How to Give an Awesome Presentation

How to Give an Awesome Presentation | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Big ideas.  Stories.  Start creating OUTSIDE of ppt and use it (or prezi) when it supports!

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Andrea Cruz's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:18 AM

Stories are powerful tools. Tell your story, other's, fictitious ones too to keep your students' attention. Stories excite learning and make information stick.

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Instructional Coaching Materials - LiveBinder

A one-stop shop for instructional coach materials in Ontario

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Michaela Ware's curator insight, March 28, 2013 1:20 PM

Livebinder with several coaching resources

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All Teachers Can Lead: Why Few Do & Most Don't

All Teachers Can Lead: Why Few Do & Most Don't | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Why would a teacher want to be an educational leader? If you are considering becoming a teacher leader, you must have lost your mind. Yes, it's true that all teachers can lead. That's easy, if you ...
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"Did you know that 3 out of every 4 teachers never, ever take on a leadership role, in their entire career? So let’s face it, playing it safe makes sense. And you will have plenty of company. Everyone, it seems, plays it safe."  Wow...

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Achieving Self-Organized Teams Using Disturbance Strategy

Achieving Self-Organized Teams Using Disturbance Strategy | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the 12 principles of the Agile manifesto states that “The best architectures, requirements and designs emerge from self organizing teams.” But how do you encourage these teams to form and how do you ensure they are sustainable?
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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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Culture Inhales Strategy for Breakfast... Then Spits it Out!

Culture Inhales Strategy for Breakfast... Then Spits it Out! | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
People in a formal leadership position often fail on having an impact on a culture contributing to obtain the desired results of the organization. Using 3 simple principles, leaders can begin a culture transformation.
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Love this!  

 

The culture of the organization /school impacts everything we try to accomplish.  We can have a great plan within a great framework, but if the culture isn't conducive to change, it isn't going to be implemented!  

 

Todd gives several tips for leaders to consider given the importance of culture.  

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Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

Who would dispute the idea that feedback is a good thing? Both common sense and research make it clear: Formative assessment, consisting of lots of feedback and opportunities to use that feedback, enhances performance and achievement.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:40 AM

From the article:

 

What Is Feedback, Anyway?

The term feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking.

 

 

Basically, feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal.

 

I hit a tennis ball with the goal of keeping it in the court, and I see where it lands—in or out.

 

I tell a joke with the goal of making people laugh, and I observe the audience's reaction—they laugh loudly or barely snicker.

 

I teach a lesson with the goal of engaging students, and I see that some students have their eyes riveted on me while others are nodding off.

Les Howard's curator insight, March 3, 2013 8:34 AM

Very important points - great article

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The Wrath of a Great Leader | Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Wrath of a Great Leader | Martin Luther King, Jr. | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

How Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example.

Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors. 

One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose 84th birthday we commemorate today, knew of the power that came packed in this emotion. King had reason enough to be provoked, time and again.

Great leaders often have a strong capacity to experience anger. It wakes them up and makes them pay attention to what is wrong in their environment, or in themselves. Without anger, they would not have the awareness or the drive to fix what is wrong. 

With me it is this anger of superficial empathy, abused love and care and
"kicking" humanity with the feet, this being indifferent towards others, this egoistic and self-centered thinking. These things make me aware who I am and what is false in our world. 

 

Read the article:

http://www.inc.com/hitendra-wadhwa/great-leadership-how-martin-luther-king-jr-wrestled-with-anger.html


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Angie Mc's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:21 PM

"Average leaders focus on results, and that's it.  Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results.  And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors." 

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Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In

Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
A close friend who works in a leadership role in a local school asked me an interesting question this week.  "I just want to build something that teachers can buy-in to that will help kids," she sa...

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Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, April 13, 2013 8:44 PM

If you've ever wondered how to gain teacher buy-in you must read this.

Kathy Boyd's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:45 PM

This is helped me to remember what new programs/initiatives look like from the teacher's point of view

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 2013 7:17 PM

The three points, doability, sustainablity, and importance to teachers, make sense. I rarely ever see them implemented. The converse is more often the case.

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A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky

A Successful Leaders Guide To Getting Lucky | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Successful leaders always appear like everything fell into their laps. Understanding that luck is created, is a critical key to long-term success.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 13, 2013 1:24 AM

Quote from @toddbnielsen article:

 

Keep at it, keep at it, and sooner or later, you’ll get lucky too, because as Elmer Leterman said, “Luck is what happens when preparation, meets opportunity.”

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Telling Isn't Teaching: The Fine Art of Coaching

Telling Isn't Teaching: The Fine Art of Coaching | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Dr.Richard Curwin is the director of the Master's program in Behavior Disorder at David Yellin College in Jerusalem and the author of 20 books related to motivation and behavior, including Disc See it on Scoop.it, via Coaching Leaders...
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Brief: Popular education reforms demoralize teachers

Brief: Popular education reforms demoralize teachers | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Brief: Popular education reforms demoralize teachers.
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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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2012 and We're STILL Using PowerPoint Wrong

It's 2012 the Age of Information and we're STILL using PowerPoint Wrong.
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Stories!  More stories!

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The 7 steps of creativity

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The 7 steps of #creativity http://t.co/YM4uqU4KTc via @zite

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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.


Via Gust MEES, Tom Whitford
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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 11:04 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 6:10 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 6:11 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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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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Can these teachers be saved? Owl Mountain Coaching

Can these teachers be saved?  Owl Mountain Coaching | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Inside of Every Retired Educator Is A Wise Owl Struggling to Get Out!
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The 2 Most Important Skills Every Teacher Needs

The 2 Most Important Skills Every Teacher Needs | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Over the past nine years I have had the pleasure of hiring (and the displeasure of firing) new hires into their teaching careers.  In watching teachers come into the profession some just "have it."  Some seem to be innately programmed to be teachers.
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Pretty amazing article.  I think she nailed it:  two important skills teacher needs to grow!

 

1.  The power of reflective practice

2. coachability

 

Growing requires us to reflect on what we do.  This is the first step to finding and fixing mistakes.  Accepting feedback from others is part of this.  

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