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Coach. Better. Episode 8 Show Notes

In this episode we chat with Jess Keummerlin, Innovative Learning Coach at Shekou International School. Jess highlights the importance of empathy in building strong coaching relationships with members of his school community and shares some tips from his coaching tool kit to be visible, effective and understood as a coach.

Featured Guest:

Jess Kuemmerlin: https://twitter.com/jesskuemmerlin

Host:

Clint Hamada: https://twitter.com/chamada

 

Building Rapport in your teaching community, what are your routines (walking the hall, eating lunch in the staff room) “The Coaching Bank” – how do you make connections with colleagues on a professional level, not just a personal one?

Tweet deck → then talk with teacher (LIC Walk; 1 hour a day)

Empathetic with teachers

Help teachers understand the path to their objectives, acceleration

 

Building a Culture of Coaching: Where/How do you start? Being an advocate for the importance of your role

Improving humans; human nature surrounding relationships;

Empowering teachers based on power of relationships

#1 thing is relationships

 

Staying motivated as a coach when you’re “the only one” who cares about tech-rich learning

Competing with myself, not with others; not comparing against social media versions of other schools

 

The challenge of being “understood” as a coach – teachers don’t know what you do / think you just have free time

Transparency; public calendars, sharing what he’s doing

MBWA: be visible;

Power of the connector; classroom to classroom, division to division

 

The many hats of coaching: coach, consultant, co-teacher, etc

Innovation expert: practices and tools

Leadership

Pedagogical practice

Emotional intelligence

Coplanning: pyp planning; MSHS ad hoc and planned; what are your needs what do you want to focus

 

What does data look like from coaching? What are you using to help motivate teachers to make improvements/changes? Assessing tech & tech integration, how do you give it value (teacher evaluation, teacher growth): “More Than Ticking the Box”

Comparing results from year to year;

 

What are ways that you make yourself invaluable as a coach? What are the things that teachers love that you do?

Empowering others; finding teacher superpowers and how they can level up others;

Macro/micro balance: hellp others to see the big picture

 

Where do coaches fail? And what can we do about it?

Coaching can be thankless; can’t get stuck in that mindset

Empathy is key

 

Tips for getting started as a coach in a new school

Want to become a coach: don’t wait! Contribute and get involved;

Transitioning coach: come in and learn why things are done the way they are;

 

What’s one resource you would recommend and why was it impactful for your practice? What’s one resource that makes you a better coach?

Invested into your own personal development.

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