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The role of effort in improving learning, for both students and their teachers

The role of effort in improving learning, for both students and their teachers | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
In response to a post on breakthrough thinking, reader Cathy Abler wrote: I have consciously evaluated my thinking lately in regards to the fixed and growth mindset research. I find that when I for...
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An element not mentioned is this:  hope.  Those WITH hope believe tomorrow will be better.  Growth keeps us alive.  I can't see any other way.  

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edrethink | Education Rethink: What I Forgot When I Left the Classroom (Part One)

edrethink | Education Rethink: What I Forgot When I Left the Classroom (Part One) | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Don't You Mentor Me! Will Teachers Ever Embrace the Role of a Coach?

Don't You Mentor Me! Will Teachers Ever Embrace the Role of a Coach? | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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12 Ways to Fuel Your Own Fire

12 Ways to Fuel Your Own Fire | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Image source Burned-out is easy. Neglect your energy and you’ll go out like an unstoked fire. Fire always cools without fuel. Ten years ago, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote, The Power of Full Eng...
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The principal-leader checklist | SmartBlogs

The principal-leader checklist | SmartBlogs | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
The role of the building principal continues to change at the pace of a whitewater current.
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"As you set goals for the new year, block off time for assessing, collaborating, implementing, promoting, shifting and tweeting."


We create the context..........

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Instructional Coaching and Adventures in Education: Smile File

Instructional Coaching and Adventures in Education: Smile File | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
As a classroom teacher, I always kept a “smile file”. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, a special folder or spot where I keep the treasured notes from students that were specially crafted for me.
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6 Traits of the Best Coaching Relationships

6 Traits of the Best Coaching Relationships | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
What does it take to make a mentor/mentee relationship work? Check out these six principles.
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Some applicable tips here............

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Coaching: The One-to-One Conversation

Coaching:  The One-to-One Conversation | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Ginger Grant and the power of one to one conversation.  

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7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader

7 Simple Ways to Be a Positive Influence As a Leader | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Do you ever wonder what other people think of you? One of my greatest sayings is “People tell you who they are” This is so true in day to day interactions.
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Very simple, but vital, characteristics leaders need to consider while leading others.  

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Fostering A Continuous Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

Fostering A Continuous Gap Between What We Know and What We Do | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
As we already know, a gap exists between what we know and what we do.  Successful educators work to narrow this gap between new ideas and implementation.  However, I believe the size of this gap do...
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"As leaders, it is important to be connected, to continue growing, and to maintain our own gap between what we know and what we do.  Otherwise, it will be difficult to assist teachers and to engage in relevant conversations."

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Walking the Learning Walk

Walking the Learning Walk | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
What do six teachers, two members of our educational leadership team, four reflective prompts, two educational foci, one ten minute orientation, five minutes in each of seven classrooms, and one tw...
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Great way to observe, reflect and learn.  

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The Learning Walk Shuffle

The Learning Walk Shuffle | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
“What are all these teachers doing here?” more than one child asked as a group of nine adults filed into the classroom. “Just learning about the great learning you do,” we a...
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Ah.......walk throughs.  Is there a better way to learn?  

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Connectedness, or lack of, in Education (School) « User Generated ...

Connectedness, or lack of, in Education (School) « User Generated ... | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
This is a post about connectedness and its importance for human growth and learning. Prior to this discussion, though, it is important to note that many educational institutions are silos of isolation (thanks to Sheryl Beach ...
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The benefits of connected learning cannot be understated.  Not only are learning objectives and content-area standards more likely to be achieved as students become more excited and engage in learning; but their social-emotional needs have a greater potential to be met.  Schools are doing learners a disservice (verging on being unethical in my perspective) by putting up all of those walls that prevent connection"

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edrethink | Education Rethink: What I Forgot When I Left the Classroom (Part Two)

edrethink | Education Rethink: What I Forgot When I Left the Classroom (Part Two) | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Coaches need to stay close to the core........where it all happens.  How else can you do it well?

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edrethink | Education Rethink: 10 Things I Learned from Coaching

edrethink | Education Rethink: 10 Things I Learned from Coaching | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Wonderful insight.  

 

Coaching is about reflection; relationships.  You must know where they are and urge them to the next step.  

 

This article will be an important one for me to reflect upon as I venture further into my coaching role.  

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Leadership Re-Imagined - Why the lessons of the Past Are Not Enough!

Leadership Re-Imagined - Why the lessons of the Past Are Not Enough! | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership Re-Imagined: The traditional barriers to entry in nearly every industry have fallen. Even brilliantly innovative ideas, products, and services - no l(...)
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This new paradigm of leadership will take us into the future more effectively.  

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Why You Should Build a Community of Learners in Your School > Eye On Education

Why You Should Build a Community of Learners in Your School > Eye On Education | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
This tip discusses how school leaders can build a strong learning-focused environment in their district or school. High-Impact Leadership for High-Imp...
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"The high-impact school dedicates itself to developing everyone’s potential talents, centering its attention on learning. It continuously seeks more effective ways to enhance student achievement through careful design and evaluation of programs, teaching, and learning environments. The school and staff both demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to organizational and personal learning as the route to continuous improvement. Seeing itself as a community of learners that can continuously improve through collaboration, assessment of results, and reflection, the school designs practical means for gauging its students’ and its own progress toward clearly identified goals."

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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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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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Learning Maps for Deeper Learning and Engagement

Learning Maps for Deeper Learning and Engagement | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Carrie Hochgrebe talks  about learning maps.
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Lab Sites Showcase Examples of Good Teaching « TWO WRITING ...

Lab Sites Showcase Examples of Good Teaching « TWO WRITING ... | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Debrief questions and forms for a classroom lab site.
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Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud: FROM VISION STATEMENT TO ACTION

Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud: FROM VISION STATEMENT TO ACTION | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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This is essentially looking at your vision statement and elaborating on what that looks like for your classroom and school.

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Coaching in Districts with High Needs

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Tips for working with difficult districts.  Includes little secrets that will make the work more effective.  

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Effective Teacher Leadership: Using Research to Inform and Reform (0): Melinda Mangin, Sara Ray Stoelinga: 9780807748404: Amazon.com: Books

Effective Teacher Leadership: Using Research to Inform and Reform (0) [Melinda Mangin, Sara Ray Stoelinga] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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A book recommended by an #educoach peer

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InstructionalCoachChat - home

InstructionalCoachChat - home | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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The wiki for #educoach ....where chats happen every Wednesday evening from 10-11:00 EST.  

 

 
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