Student-Centered Coaching in the Classroom: It’s Where the Joy Is

Written by: Diane Sweeney, co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) After a recent presentation at a coaching conference, a young man pulled me aside and said, “This coaching stuff is harder than I expected. I’m thinking about going back to the classroom.” It felt like a confession, and I wasn’t sure what to … Read more

Measuring the Impact of Coaching Cycles

Written by: Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris, authors of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) Coaches often wonder how to measure their impact. We all know that we can’t base our success off of whether or not teachers sign up for coaching cycles, smile at us, or talk to us in the teacher’s lounge. We … Read more

The Research Supporting Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching was developed by instructional coaches and for instructional coaches. It was the result of coaches asking themselves the question, “How can we make our coaching more about student learning?” Until then, it felt like coaching only focused on instruction and wasn’t necessarily ensuring that learning was taking place. Coaches felt like, while they … Read more

Moving from an ‘Opt In’ to ‘All In’ Coaching Model

There’s no question that teachers are pressed for time. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons we hear for why teachers may not engage in coaching cycles. The perception is that coaching cycles will ‘take’ too much time and coaches feel as if they are up drumming business. The good news is … Read more

Maximizing Coaching in the Month of May

For many instructional coaches, the month of May can feel stressful. But for once the stress may not be from having too much to do, it could be from having too little to do. While teachers are busy organizing projects, field trips, and end-of-the-year celebrations, coaches may wonder how to purposefully fill these last few … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching and PLCs

Editorial support provided by Andrew Hossack (Graded School in Sao Paolo, Brazil) We all struggle to find the time for meaningful collaboration, and if your school has an existing structure for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), you may have wondered how it fits in with student-centered coaching. Some schools opt to provide coaching support through PLCs. After all, … Read more

Thinking Aloud When Coaching in the Classroom

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris Excerpted from Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2017) ​ Thinking aloud is a coaching move that increases the metacognition and reflection that occurs throughout a lesson. It most commonly occurs when a coach is co-teaching in a classroom. It sounds something like, ‘We just gave the kids a really tough question … Read more