Flourish

My holiday reading list included Flourish… A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well- being by Martin E.P. Seligman. I have written in earlier blogs  about my work with optimism and had read Seligman’s earlier book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. I found that the behaviors of optimists that had positive […]

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Coaching Update

I had a request from a group of coaches to hold a Skype discussion. Several new coaches had been added to the team and wanted to touch base with me knowing that I had trained existing coaches over the last two years. In addition several experienced coaches had questions and scenarios they wanted to discuss. […]

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Engaging Students: Teachers’ and Principals’ Work

In last week’s blog I shared ideas from Phillip Schlechty’s book Engaging Students: The Next Level of Working on the Work. Here is some additional thinking as I finished the book. “The primary task of the teacher is not to motivate students. It is to design work they provide to students or encourage students to […]

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Coaching Teachers for Expertise

I’ve been reading with great interest an article in ASCD’s (February 2010) Educational Leadership, “The Strive of It” where Kathleen Cushman explores “What conditions inspire teens to practice toward perfection?”. Cushman describes The Practice Project sponsored by What Kids Can Do, which examines the questions: ”What does it take to get really good at something? […]

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Orientation for Coaching

I had the opportunity to work with two school districts who are implementing new or reorganized instructional coaching positions. In Gallitin, TN (Sumner County Schools), Instructional Coaches will be working in each of the buildings this fall. They will be joining some Title 1 , Reading, and Special Education Coaches who were already supporting teachers. […]

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Coaching and Leadership

I received a request from a new instructional coach and am writing this post as a response: I was wondering if I could ask you one more question for my paper and presentation. I was hoping you could make some correlations between teacher leadership and instructional coaches. Do you feel that instructional coaches are teacher […]

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