2Min2Coach: #2- It’s Not About You

The Why Coaching to me means anytime I'm mentoring, teaching, leading or coaching someone in order to help them attain the growth goals they have for themselves.  So if Rule #1 in Coaching is to Get Yourself Right First , then Rule #2 is about getting yourself out of the spotlight.  Coaching is NOT about YOU as …

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Could Arrogance Be the Dark Side of Experience?

Arrogance of assumptions has been popping up a lot in my world lately.  People assuming they know all the facts, know exactly who you are, or just assume what other people tell them is the absolute truth.   These folks are already finding answers before they’ve even asked a question.  What brings that on?  I’ve been …

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The Teacher’s High – Unicorns or Easter Eggs?

Most teachers know the feeling – that elusive mixture of pride, elation, joy, and surprise – when a student you’ve been working with for quite a while finally has the breakthrough. The light bulb goes on, the student has that look of “I’m doing it!” and all feels right with the world. It’s the Teacher’s …

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Never Assume Anything

I was reminded of this piece of wisdom earlier this week while I was reading an article in a professional publication. I was reading along about the value of coaching – for both newbies, veterans, and everyone in between – and was happily surprised to see my school district featured in the article. The author …

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Am I the Obstacle? The Results

And I’m back! It was an active and interesting two weeks to do my impromptu action research. In my last post, I was sharing research around formatives vs. summatives and questions to ask to get meaningful feedback on how to move forward. That got me wondering if maybe I was the obstacle getting in the …

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Am I the Obstacle?

We had two more winter weather days this week (ice - yuck!) so more days off from school. However, it gave me a chance to catch up on some professional reading. I was reading some recent research on whether formative data or summative data is more beneficial to improve individual performance. Multiple research studies agree …

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What’s Your “It”?

I was reading an article earlier this week – one of those rare moments when nothing is on fire and nobody desperately needs you for anything – and I had one of those experiences where the words just jump off the page and smack you upside the head. The thought that jumped out at me …

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Why is Education on a Bus to Abilene?

If you’ve never heard of this metaphor, check out this quick video to find out more. (It’s only 2 minutes.) http://youtu.be/PKoa4d5NWLE The Spark note version is somebody suggests getting on a bus and driving 4 hours to Abilene to eat at this diner. No one wants to go, but they’re not willing to speak up …

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What Do You Mean I Can’t Campout at the Scenic Pullout?

This week marks one of those milestones in our family. Our youngest son – the Math Genius Airman – turns 21. OMG! How did that happen so fast? I swear he was just born last week! I blinked and 21 years flew by. I heard it said once that the days are long but the …

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Work the Problem in front of You

This little gem of a phrase was put to good use while I pursued my doctorate. Trust me - it didn’t come easily or naturally to me. I’m a “big picture” person by nature and focusing on isolated details or individual issues without plugging them back into the big picture is just . . . …

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