“Let it go, let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore!”

What to do when you’re doing too much?

As instructional coaches, our job is to support teachers and students. In this role, we often take on additional tasks and projects in addition to coaching.  Before we know it, we are administering assessments, sorting and delivering teaching materials, monitoring students as they wait for the bus, and fixing technology. How can we balance our critical role as instructional coach with all of these other tasks and projects?

Before taking on more, ask your self:

  • Does this task align with your instructional coaching goals?
  • Does this task support teacher growth?
  • Does this task support student learning?

If you cannot answer yes to at least one of these questions, you should:

  • Discuss the request.
  • Know your limits.
  • Speak up for yourself.
  • Help design a better plan.

You may need to, “Let it go” but don’t “Turn away and slam the door!” (Frozen, 2013 Anderson-Lopez and Lopez)

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