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Get Intense Collaboration…Increase Student Academics

Personal note:

As the weather slowly turns, some of us think about the changes to academics or how to improve our grade team level teams. On the other hand, some of us are tempted to bang our heads against the wall, hoping to be more innovative in our teaching approaches and prevent ourselves from becoming burnout.

Though, we are tempted to try all these things…to increase our student academics. We may be asking ourselves “is it time for an intense collaboration?” As an elementary literacy coach, I have tried several intense collaborations with teachers and principals to increase student academics. In doing so, I have found these real-time coaching techniques extremely effective.

Principals, today I will provide more background information regarding (5) effective, simple, real coaching techniques shared three weeks ago.

1. Real time coaching means real improvement
Coaching teachers in real time provides immediate feedback. Research shows providing immediate feedback promotes growth both personal and professional.

2. Employee growth and development happens faster
Self-confidence is promotes instant growth and development. It has been my experience, and professionals approach situations based on past experiences rather it may negative or positive.

3. Relationships add REAL value
As we approach the holiday season, we think about relationships developed and nurtured throughout the years. But most importantly, we think about how we can think and do things differently in the upcoming months to boost student academics! Think about how you have nurtured your relationships with colleagues. In what ways have you seen added or real value?

4. You get better Results
Based on my perspective, better results equals increased student academics and boosts teachers’ confidence in many ways. These results lead to better intense collaboration, which enhances student academic climate.

5. Employees who are vested in an organizational’s success…stick with the plan!
This takes place through daily conversations via team planning and tiny intentional action steps leading toward the goal!

Bonus Practical Tip: Coaching:

As a Resiliency Coach/educational strategist, I have found coaching principals and teachers toward practical resilient tips helps them succeed in their professional careers and achieve teacher/student academic excellence!

The coaching process:

I coach you to become your ABSOLUTE BEST by asking questions, listening and understanding your strengths, things you would like to improve.

My task is to be your guide on the side, ask effective questions that help you get clear on specific actions toward being resilient, standing out among the crowd in education and thrive!

Also, coaching entails asking the right questions, finding solutions and getting clarity on what’s needed to help you (as an administrator) create effective collaborations within between you and your staff!

Journal Moment:

Reflect on a recent problem within your organization. What intense conversations would you like to hear and see among colleagues?

Challenge:

Set a tentative date to start intensive collaborations among team members at your school.

I love chats…incorporate one tip mentioned above and share. :)

Write your feedback on Twitter Chat @marciaycollins enter #resilient educators and leave your comments.

Until next time,

Coach Marcia

Healthy Climates=Happy Teachers ” (3) tips to enhance student academics and teacher resiliency

 

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Personal note:

Have you sensed the moment you walked into a store, office building or school building you felt genuine welcomed or perhaps you noticed something was missing? I immediately notice the reactions of employees anytime I walk into a business establishment. I can sense within seconds if people are truly happy or not. Just as business establishments strive to achieve excellent customer experience. Healthy or unhealthy climate affects student academics and teachers’ resiliency!
The teaching profession is two-folds, it is one of the most notable professions and also, one that is very stressful. Healthy climates are essential to student academics and healthy teachers. Parents, students, visitors, can easily determine whether a schools’ climate is healthy or not, the moment they step in the building. One way they can tell is by simply looking at our faces. They will either see happy :) faces or straight faces :-.

So what type of face are you exhibiting to others…when they visit your school building?

Today, I will share (3) practical tips designed to boost Healthy climates create Happy teachers:
According to research, creative healthy climates begin with establishing trust as an essential ingredient!

Here are some researched based suggestions for school leaders to cultivate a healthy positive school climate:

  • Practical Tip 1: “Access your climate”

In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you want to go.

Tip: Host a small meeting, ask questions, get feedback from everyone.
All stakeholders want to be heard and included “include all voices teachers, other staff members, parents and your own.”

  • Practical tip 2: “Create a shared vision-but start with creating personal visions.”

Habakkuk 2:2 NIV “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”

“Research suggests bringing everyone together, creating a shared vision of the kind of environment they would like to see increase the chances the vision will be carried out.”

Tip: For example, my personal vision is for schools to be a place that is socially and emotionally healthy for everyone and help educators become their ABSOLUTE BEST and stand out in Education.

Practical tip 3: “We are better together-Make it enjoyable”

Tip: Research shows “expressing gratitude for others increases our happiness and helps us feel more connected to others.
Create a “Gratitude Board” in the teachers’ lounge.

“Provide places in hallways and in teachers’ lounge where others can write post-it notes expressing their gratitude for each others’ actions.”
Source: Vicki Zakrzewski Greater Good “The Science of Meaningful Life”

Bonus Practical Tip: Coaching:

As a Resiliency Coach/educational strategist, I have found coaching principals toward practical resilient tips helps them succeed in their professional careers and achieve teacher/student academic excellence!

The coaching process:

I coach you to become your ABSOLUTE BEST by asking questions, listening and understanding your strengths, things you would like to improve.

My task is to be your guide on the side, ask effective questions that help you get clear on specific actions toward being resilient, standing out among the crowd in education and thrive!

Also, coaching entails asking the right questions, finding solutions and getting clarity on what’s needed to help you (as an administrator) create healthier climates in your school and have happier teachers!
Journal Moment:

What’s in you?

Principals, write (1) best practice you have used to enhance your school’s climate.

Challenge:

This week, schedule a short meeting with your staff members. Solicit their feedback. Ask questions about their challenges. Start the shared vision process.

I love chats…incorporate one tip mentioned above and share. :)

Write your feedback on Twitter Chat @marciaycollins enter #resilient educators and leave your comments.

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Until next time,

Marcia