It’s almost the end of the school year, and we know that this time is even busier than the rest of the year.

But, even though it’s busy, we need to make sure we take time to pause for reflection.

Just like we need to remember to get a post-classroom-visit coaching conversation scheduled, we also need to be intentional about reflecting on our own practice as coaches.

As coaches, we know, there is no learning without reflection.

John Dewey says ‘We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.’

If we are continually asking our coaching partners to stop and reflect, and they ask their students to do it, we already deeply understand the value of this process.

This is the same reason we need to stop and reflect as coaches.

We’re sharing 3 key reasons to track data as a coach along with some questions you might want to ask yourself as you go through this process.

1: To Look Back

It’s important to look back to see if you’ve achieved your goals, to see how you’ve supported your colleagues, to see where your time and energy has gone, and to better understand your impact.

Some questions you might want to ask yourself are:

  • How did you document your coaching this year?
  • What did you uncover? What did you learn? What do you know now?
  • What impact did you make? Does this align with the expectations for your role? (this is why you need clarity)
  • How does the data you uncovered align with the school goals / priorities?
  • What could you have captured that maybe you didn’t? What do you need to adjust / refine for the year ahead?
  • How can this information help you plan for next year?

Once we stop and reflect, the next step is to take action based on what we’ve learned. Peter Drucker says: “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Combining your reflection process with intentionally planning can help ensure that you move forward in the direction you want (rather than just continuing what you did the year before). This is exactly the continuous growth process we are advocating for in our work as instructional coaches.

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  • Your matching case study,
  • Specific strengths & challenges aligned to your result;
  • Suggested next steps for each stage;

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  • Case studies leveled by coaching mastery;
  • A framework to identify essential stages of professional growth & key areas to focus on in your professional learning;
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  • Space for you to reflect & prioritize so you can take action immediately!

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2: To Look Ahead

We need to look ahead to identify what needs to be adjusted in the next academic year – in terms of your practice and what you measure about your practice, to set goals, and to be intentional about how you measure the impact of your coaching practice, to help you decide how to spend your energy and time (what to say yes (or no) to in the following year), to set yourself up for success.

Some questions you might want to ask:

  • How can the information you gathered last year & your reflection help you set your goals for the next year?
  • How do your intentions for next year align with the school goals & vision?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your practice to better meet your goals / school goals or align with role expectations?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to the way you collect evidence to better measure your impact
  • When, and how often, are you going to collect information about your practice? (Needs Assessment, Feedback survey, regular input from coaching partners – how often, asking the same questions to compare)
  • How are you going to collect this evidence? Survey – who to seek feedback from / what to ask
  • How are you measuring your time? (to help admin understand what you do & why it’s important)

Setting intentional goals based on reflection means that we are using data to guide our decision making. Informed decision making ensures that our time spent as coaches is moving us in the direction we need to go, and keeps our work aligned with school vision and mission. Without data to guide decisions, we are just guessing.

3: To Share & Connect

It’s important to remember that coaching is not taking place in a bubble, you need to be intentional in communicating how coaching is supporting the vision and mission of the school.

Sharing is essential:

  • to make connections for other stakeholders, 
  • to celebrate successes, to validate your role, to build community and enthusiasm around coaching, 
  • to recognize the work of your coaching partners, 
  • AND to be intentional about who you reach out to in the next academic year

Some questions you might want to ask:

  • What connections can you make between the work you & your coaching partners did and student learning outcomes?
  • What successes can you build on for the following academic year?
  • How can you be more intentional about sharing the data over the next academic year within the school (school leaders, parents, teachers, etc)?

There’s no “one right way” to do this, the process is never done, it’s ongoing and always being refined. It’s important to not only be reflective about the information you gather, but also about the process. As you’re wrapping up this academic year, we’d like to invite you to consider the ways that you reflect on your coaching practice, set intentions for the following year, and how you share those insights with your school community.

We hope these 3 key reasons to track data as a coach, along with some questions you might want to ask yourself as you go through this process, is helpful for you as you are winding down your academic year.

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