While managing MyTeachingPartner™ (MTP™) Coaching, my colleagues would roll their eyes when they'd catch me boasting to directors that our coaching staff and specialists are “here for you 24/7.” What I meant, of course, was that their dedication wasn't confined to business hours, but the implication was that they were "always on the job"—no wonder they rolled their eyes!
We feel deep responsibility as coaches, but must we carry that role 24/7? Obviously we can’t and shouldn’t try. Like teaching, coaching is not a job we can leave at the office and simply return to when we clock-in, so to do it successfully requires balance, patience, and presence. How do coaches maintain that when supporting the professionals on the frontlines with children every day, often serving as the first repository for shared anecdotes of great joy, great tragedy, and everything in between?
Here are some tips for coaches (and those who employ them) to find support and maintain the necessary energy to travel the journey of each classroom’s life over the course of a year or more with the teachers they coach:
How do you find balance, patience, and presence as a coach? Please tell us in the comments below--we'd love to know!
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Teachstone, pioneering developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced the release of "Meaningful Interactions at Home," a suite of resources designed to help the families of young children turn everyday moments into opportunities for their children to learn, grow, and engage.
On November 9, 2021, Teachstone hosted the Building Confidence and Consistency in Your Head Start Program webinar with Sara Diamond, Director of Partnership Development at Teachstone, and Michelle Crawford, CLASS® Specialist.
Together, Sara and Michelle provided tips for helping educators dig deeper in their interactions and feel more confident in their teaching practice. Before diving into the tips for building confidence and consistency, Michelle shared a powerful quote from Lori Archer, a Head Start teacher: