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In this episode of #coachbetter spotlight, Kim and Clint discuss ways coaches can better use and collect feedback.

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How to Cultivate Teacher and Leadership Buy-In for Instructional Coaching

Snippets from This Show:

Feedback is super important for all community members in a school. We need to hear how we are meeting the needs of the teachers we’re working with. 

Kim: How do you get feedback on your coaching? Clint, what is your initial thinking?

Clint: For coaches, teachers, students, for anyone feedback is super important, we know that. We know students need to know what they are doing well and where they need to go: we need to nudge them, and I think for us as a coach, the same is true. We need to hear where we aren’t doing well and we need to hear what we aren’t even thinking about. So I think you need to question how your leaders and peers are helping you expand your own thinking.

Kim: How do you solicit that information? We get so trapped into our own cycle of how we do things, we perceive everything through our own lens.

Clint: Informal is great, but it helps at some point to formalize a process. And you need to ask: how are you determining what you get feedback on? What is important to you? What are your main goals? What is important to your teachers? What are the things that people should be looking to be able to achieve with you in your role?

Kim: If I was making a survey or a list of questions to ask, what should be on that list?

Clint: What are you doing to create an environment where teachers can learn? Sometimes coaching is less about growth, but more about implementing a program: literacy coaches are in this situation, so then you would want to know how you are helping teachers to understand their program. How are you helping teachers come up with goals? How open-ended are you? How inviting are you? Do your teachers feel like you listen and encourage? Do you give suggestions and not directions? It really depends on your context.

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