The Best is Yet to Come (Looking back and Looking forward)

Looking back…

2015 has been a fantastic year at yourinstructionalcoach.com. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The continued growth of my PLN
    • I cannot say enough about how much I’ve learned from my PLC, particularly the great folks that I’ve met through Twitter (@ecsandberg11).
  • Cult of Pedagogy Podcast
    • I was honored to be interviewed by the fantastic Jennifer Gonzalez for the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast. You can read more and listen here.
  • Guest blog for Teachboost
    • I was thrilled to contribute my second guest post for the blog at TeachBoost. You can check it out here.
  • Guest Blogs on our site
    • Thanks to our first guest bloggers: Stephanie Laird (@LairdLearning) and Cory Roffey (@coryroffey). Many Thanks!
  • Addition of the Help Yourself! page to the site (including the popular Your Instructional Coach Pinterest Board).
  • And most importantly, 2015 was our best year yet in terms of both number of visitors and number of views! Thank you for your support!

Looking forward…

My Resolutions for 2016:

  • I resolve to build on the success of YourInstructionalCoach.com in 2015.
    • We’ll post at least one new post each month.
    • We are already working with authors to increase the number of our guest blog posts.
    • Be on the lookout for new resources.
  • I resolve to grow as an educator and coach.
    • Looking forward to my ongoing Instructional Coach work. From PLC’s, to data work, to coaching conversations, to popping popcorn, to working with the best team ever… I love every minute of it!

Here’s to a fantastic 2015 and an even better 2016! Thank YOU!

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I think we’re alone now!

“I think we’re alone now
There doesn’t seem to be anyone around”-Tommy James and the Shondells

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I was recently at a meeting of instructional coaches and was reminded of one of the hardest parts of our job: Working alone.

It might seem odd. Coaching is a role in education where, unlike many of your colleagues, you actually get to talk to adults in the school. But most coaches feel alone in their school.

Some coaches are fortunate to work in a coaching team.  At my school, I am one of the lucky ones and greatly enjoy the conversations, colleaguial planing, and camaraderie.

For those of you who feel all alone, a few suggested strategies to fight the loneliness:

  • Partner with someone in your school in a similar role. Plan to meet on a regular basis.
  • Take advantage of your district coaches meetings (formal or informal)
  • Journal: Write for reflection, write for planning, just write.
  • Twitter: Search and follow other coaches (@ecsandberg11 perhaps) or join in on a weekly twitter chat. #educoach is one of the best!
  • Blog: read one and join the conversation with comments or write one of your own!
  • Critical Friend: Make a plan with a trusted colleague to communicate and problemsolve on a regular basis. Agree that all that is said or written will be confidential. Meet in a format the works for you, face to face, by phone or Skype, even by email

These are just a few suggestions.  I would love to hear your ideas. You can submit them through the comments button below. In the meantime, take care of your self and remember that you are not alone!

I wanna get it through to you,

You’re not alone.

I’m gonna get it through to you,

You’re not alone  -Mavis Staples

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