75 episodes

This podcast helps instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school leaders improve their educators’ effectiveness and resilience, especially the ones who need it most by focusing on the mindsets and motivations that are at the source of unproductive behaviors. Each week, we’ll cover quick tips, strategies and coaching mindsets so that you can be on top of your coaching game.

Coaching the Whole Educator Becca Silver

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

This podcast helps instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school leaders improve their educators’ effectiveness and resilience, especially the ones who need it most by focusing on the mindsets and motivations that are at the source of unproductive behaviors. Each week, we’ll cover quick tips, strategies and coaching mindsets so that you can be on top of your coaching game.

    #75: Hacking the Hierarchy: Amplifying Teacher Voice

    #75: Hacking the Hierarchy: Amplifying Teacher Voice

    This podcast episode champions empowering teachers and fostering collaborative teams without forced compliance. Starr Sackstein, an educational expert, emphasizes the importance of amplifying teacher voice, arguing that their expertise is crucial for effective learning. She criticizes compliance cultures in schools that stifle teachers and shares about using Appreciative Inquiry as a solution. Building functional teacher teams requires valuing relationships, shared goal-setting, and aligning clear definitions of "good teaching" within the school community. Leaders are given tips on how to support teacher voice and leadership within grade level meetings and PLCs. We're ditching the fear and silence, replacing them with open communication and empowering leadership across all roles in our schools.

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    Wesbites: Mssackstein.com  and MasteryPortfolio.com
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    • 22 min
    #74: Is Your Coaching Stuck on Repeat? Take Them From Clueless to Masterful

    #74: Is Your Coaching Stuck on Repeat? Take Them From Clueless to Masterful

    Ever feel like you're giving the same coaching advice over and over, but nothing changes? This podcast episode could really help! It dives into the "four stages of competence" framework, helping you understand why teachers might be stuck in making progress and how to adapt your approach.

    This episode of delves into the four stages of competence framework and how it can be used to guide your teachers' progress.  Becca emphasizes the messiness and complexity of adult learning, encouraging you to consider individual needs and learning styles.
    The four stages are:
    Unconscious incompetence: The individual is unaware they lack the skill.Conscious incompetence: The individual realizes their lack of skill and the potential benefits of learning it.Conscious competence: The individual actively acquires and practices the skill, requiring effort and focus.Unconscious competence: The skill becomes second nature, used intuitively without conscious thought.Struggling with a tech-averse teacher? They might be blissfully unaware of its potential (unconscious incompetence). Learn how to stop force-feeding strategies and start piquing their curiosity. You will learn strategies to meet the needs of each stage of competence.
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    • 17 min
    #73: Confessions of a Recovering Advice Monster: How Shutting Up Improved My Coaching

    #73: Confessions of a Recovering Advice Monster: How Shutting Up Improved My Coaching

    This episode features Beth Sharp, a seasoned instructional coach. Beth shares her personal journey, reflecting on her transition from elementary teacher to coach and the challenges she encountered along the way. One key realization for Beth was the importance of shifting from a "fix-it" mentality to an approach that gave her more energy, time and buy in. This, she discovered, fostered trust and empowered teachers to find their own solutions, leading to deeper learning and lasting change. 
    They discuss how coaches can create a safe space for vulnerability and exploration. The episode delves deeper into practical techniques that empower coaches to move beyond simply providing solutions to guiding individuals towards their own powerful discoveries. 
    Beth learned how to stop focusing on showing up with advice (which was exhausting) and started to using strategies that allowed her teachers to discover their own answers (some of which she had never thought of). She has increased energy and improved buy in with teachers because of what she discovered.

    Want to know more about the course Beth took (The Whole Educator Academy)? Let us know you're interested. We'd LOVE to hear about what you are dealing with in your district and how we can help. Click here to contact us.

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    • 17 min
    #72: Beyond the Perfect Score: Know When You're in the Performance Zone vs the Learning Zone

    #72: Beyond the Perfect Score: Know When You're in the Performance Zone vs the Learning Zone

    In this episode, Eduardo Briceño, author of "The Performance Paradox," challenges the conventional wisdom that equates effort with progress. He introduces the concept of the performance zone, where we prioritize flawless execution, and contrasts it with the learning zone, where mistakes are embraced as stepping stones to improvement. Briceño argues that while the performance zone is crucial for accomplishing specific tasks, sustained growth necessitates venturing into the learning zone.
    This distinction has significant implications for coaches and leaders, in particular, who play a vital role in cultivating psychological safety, where individuals feel empowered to take risks and learn from their mistakes. Briceño further dispels common misconceptions surrounding growth mindset, emphasizing that it's not a magic bullet but rather a continuous journey embraced by both students, educators and leaders alike.
    Ultimately, the podcast offers a compelling framework for understanding and overcoming the Performance Paradox. By embracing the learning zone and fostering environments that encourage experimentation and reflection, we can unlock our full potential and embark on a path of perpetual growth. 

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    • 26 min
    #71: Breaking the 21-Day Myth: The Realities of Habit Development

    #71: Breaking the 21-Day Myth: The Realities of Habit Development

    In this podcast episode, Becca welcomes back Chad Ransom, an experienced educator, consultant and fellow habit-enthusiast. The discussion focuses on the importance of developing habits for coaches and leaders. Chad shares insights from his journey, emphasizing the impact of habits on personal effectiveness, efficiency and instructional practices.
    The conversation explores decision fatigue, the misconception of the 21-day habit rule, and the need to identify and address ineffective habits (and their triggers) to create sustained change. Chad highlights the role of systems in supporting efficient communication and time management for leaders.
    The episode concludes with practical advice on habit development, including habit stacking (as mentioned in Ep. 69 on New Year's Resolutions) and anticipating obstacles. Finally, leaving a few recommended resources such as "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg and "Atomic Habits" by James Clear for further exploration. 

    Check out this episode to hear how habits can change the overall effectiveness and efficiency in coaches and leaders alike.

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    • 19 min
    #70: Why Teaching Growth Mindsets Might Not Be Working

    #70: Why Teaching Growth Mindsets Might Not Be Working

    In this discussion, Becca brings in Jenn Maichin as a guest, with an impressive 29-year career pioneering growth mindset work in Mineola (NY) school district. The conversation delves into Academic Mindsets and its four components: Belief in Growth (aka Growth Mindset), Self-Efficacy, Sense of Belonging, and Sense of Meaning and Purpose. If you have been bringing Growth Mindset concepts into your school and have seen very little impact on teacher and student success, you might be missing other Academic Mindsets. As Jenn unpacks each of these elements, you'll gain valuable insights into how to diagnose what is truly missing for students and teachers to not only believe they can achieve, but actually put it into action.

    Becca and Jenn masterfully articulate the neuroscience breakdown of how the brain functions with a growth mindset compared to a fixed mindset, which has the potential to dramatically enhance your coaching impact. Jenn specifically shares a creative approach used to teach young children about neuroscience, introducing the "pop, buzz, zap" method to reinforce growth mindset principles in a tangible and engaging manner (which can also help adults understand their own neuroscience).

    Tune in to Ep. 70 to find out how you can diagnose your own mindsets, manage perfectionism and empower others to grow their own Growth Mindset (and other Academic Mindsets). In the end, it's not about inspiring them to grow. It's about empowering them to grow!

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Todd Cherches ,

An excellent podcast for leaders, coaches, and educators

Love this podcast! Becca has a wonderful conversation style, is naturally curious, has a growth mindset, is a master at building human connections, and always has interesting guests. So, I would recommend this podcast to any leader or coach -- especially those in the education space -- who want to take their game to the next level.

Starr531 ,

Informal and Informative

I enjoy these practical podcasts that are short and engaging. Becca has on a variety of educators and always gives me something to think about. Check it out

Lottimiami ,

Great podcast

So easy to listen to and directly relate to the work I do!

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