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*Updated* Priority Skills: Engagement

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It’s about instructional coaching…tentatively titled “How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything” – – – I mean, it’s not like it’s going to be published by Yale or anything, right?   One of the...

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*Updated* Priority Skills: Behavior Management

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It’s about instructional coaching…tentatively titled “How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything” – – – I mean, it’s not like it’s going to be published by Yale or anything, right?   One of the...

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*Updated* Priority Skills: Classroom Management

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It's about instructional coaching...tentatively titled "How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything" - - - I mean, it's not like it's going to be published by Yale or anything, right?  😉 One of...

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Does a Checklist Really Work? {Behavior Mgmt.}

I am on a quest to figure out how checklists can simplify and improve the quality of our work in schools.  If you haven't read my first two installments of this little series, I suggest you do (they're super quick reads!).  Here's the 1st.  Here's the 2nd. This time I...

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Why Teachers Drop a Skill After Coaching

A very common question that I get from coaches is this: What do I do when a teacher has been coached in a skill and yet when I get back into the classroom, they’ve dropped or stopped using the skill? I think that sometimes coaches take this personally – after all,...

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Sample Script from a Teacher Debriefing

I find that lots of coaches and principals hit the wall when it comes to debriefing teachers.  They struggle to know how to get into it without it seeming evaluative and overall really weird or awkward feeling.  In the end, coaching a teacher and doing a debriefing...

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