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