SMART Goal Book Review: Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction by Jim Knight

I’m usually the type of person that doesn’t get too flustered with how things play out, but as I began reading this book as my final SMART Goal book for the year, I realized something. This book should have been the book I started with to begin my first year of coaching teachers. If you somehow stumble upon this blog… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review: The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon

I began to read this book at the suggestion of my superintendent. The principals and other coaches also read this book so we could all get on the same page. I was told that it was an easy read, which I found to be true! I finished the entire book in 51 minutes (according to Goodreads). The narrative, fable style… Read more »

The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar

“Coaching is a form of professional development that brings out the best in people, uncovers strengths and skills, builds effective teams, cultivates compassion, and builds emotionally resilient educators. Coaching at its essence is the way that human beings, and individuals, have always learned best.” Aguilar, Elena. The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation (p. 6). Wiley. Kindle Edition…. Read more »

Everyday Instructional Coaching: Sincerity and Influence

Memes?? (Sincerity) I’m a person who enjoys technology and communicating through the internet. When I saw the word “meme” in the text of the book, I was pretty confused about what was meant. Thankfully, Dr. Lang-Raad defines it for us from Beck and Cowan’s 1996 research. A meme “represent[s] a paradigm, belief, or value system.” It comes from the root… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review – Discourse and Reverberation

“When we commit to getting closer, we’re committing to eventually experiencing real, face-to-face conflict. Whether it’s over dinner, at work, or in the grocery line, in-person conflict is always hard and uncomfortable.” Brené Brown, Dehumanizing Always Starts with Language Discourse The words we use are so important. Words we choose can be used to improve culture or to worsen it…. Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review – Transparency and Inquiry

This is the third post in a series. Click here for the introduction, and click here for part one. Transparency “Coaches are able to create trusting, positive, and sharing environments when they are transparent about their intentions, their goals, and even their own flaws and mistakes in teaching.” Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, 2018 I’ve been practicing being more transparent lately. A… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review – Collaboration

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Everyday Instructional Coaching: Seven Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness by Dr. Nathan D. Lang-Raad For the first post in the series, follow this link. First of all, some full disclosure. I didn’t buy this book. I won it. Go listen to Leader of Learning, a podcast by my #EduMatch friend, Dan Kreiness. Dan interviewed Dr. Lang-Raad on episode 26… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Reviews

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It was the summer before my second year of teaching. I remember sitting in my apartment on my secondhand maroon futon with a middle-school chapter book in my hand and a notebook in my lap. As I read each chapter, I thought about the questions that would get my students to think deeply and respond to what they were reading… Read more »

Moving Your Stuff with Google Takeout

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Change is inevitable, and in the event when you’re moving out of one Google Suite domain into another, keeping your hard work is something you may choose to do. You can spend ages sharing your Google Drive files to another account. You could download every file and save it to a flash drive or external hard drive. All of these… Read more »

Reader Question: Editing and Printing PDFs

How do I print just a few pages from a PDF without going through so much trouble? Yes, there are many PDF editors and extensions out there like DocHub, Kami (both of which I’ve used,  and a Google Chrome Web Store search for PDF extensions comes up with a huge list! What if I just want to take a couple pages out of… Read more »