Instructional coaches, does this sound familiar?
How am I supposed to improve teaching I keep getting pulled to put out fires?
How can I support resistant teachers when they’re not letting me in the door?
I’m not even entirely sure what my role as a coach is supposed to be…and my principal doesn’t seem to get it, either.
If you’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and isolated, you are not alone. Instructional coaches everywhere are feeling this same exact way. In this podcast, we have real conversations about all of this and more. Welcome to Buzzing with Ms. B: the Instructional Coaching Podcast where Chrissy Beltran brings you real talk and practical, easy to use ideas for instructional coaches and literacy coaches who are figuring out how to do the hard work of supporting teachers and growing students. Listen in on honest conversations about getting organized, managing your time, communicating with teachers and administration, and realistic approaches for coaching teachers on your campus.
Coaching is hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Get the encouragement, tips, and next steps you need to coach with confidence!
Five Lessons I Learned from My First Year of Instructional Coaching
There’s a lot to learn about instructional coaching as a craft. I’ve made my share of mistakes. This week I share the five biggest lessons I learned during my first year as a coach. I share how you can build relationships with teachers and define your role. This episode has tons of actionable tips to make you a more effective coach, whether you’re a first-year coach or a seasoned one.
The Enneagram for Instructional Coaches with Myrna Cervetti
The Enneagram is a powerful tool for instructional coaches. Myrna Cervetti of Enneahealth joins me to discuss the nine Enneagram types. She talks about how these personality traits affect the way people interact with others and why they do what they do. Knowing about different Enneagram traits will help you better understand your teachers' needs, as well as communicate more effectively with them.
Coaching Call: Supporting District Initiatives While Supporting Teachers with Patryce Harvey
Instructional coaches walk a tightrope between meeting the needs of teachers and implementing district initiatives. It can be hard to find the balance. Coffee and Coaching member Patryce Harvey shares her journey as a first-year coach navigating the challenges of supporting educators while also implementing new mandates. We talk through tiering teacher support, gathering feedback, and breaking new initiatives into manageable chunks.
Navigating a School Through Change with The Modern Principal
Achieving school-wide goals require pushing through the challenges that arise. Christy Lamb and Karen Hile of Modern Principal join me to discuss ways instructional coaches can support schools as they navigate change. Learn how instructional coaches can make a positive impact during difficult times.
How Do You Do It All? Tiering Teachers for Instructional Support
Instructional coaches are expected to do it all. The reality is that we have limited time and lots of responsibilities. In this episode, I give you my steps for tiering instructional support. You’ll learn how to use my coaching cycle form to help teachers get results and stay focused on their goals.
When You Feel Like Giving Up and Going Back to the Classroom with Amie Burkholder
Instructional coaching can be lonely and difficult. There are days when it seems easier to give up and go back to the classroom. Amie Burkholder from Literacy Edventures joins me to discuss what to do when you’re ready to give up. Learn her strategies for becoming a better coach and achieving progress on your campus.
I found this podcast as I was preparing to interview for an Instructional Coach position. Out of a field of 32 applicants, this podcast prepared me for the interview and my new position that I will begin this fall. I get the email updates with tips and applications that will strengthen my practices as a coach!
This podcast helped me land my 1st coaching job!
Christy gives great, timely, and practical advice! After binge listening to this podcast I was able to land my first coaching job!
Such great advice!
Chrissy is always super real. It’s very clear that she has walked the walk and isn’t just talking the talk. I look so forward to her podcast every week!