Category Archives: Coaching

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 »

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 »