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Instructional Coach Lessons Learned: Lesson Two: It’s the Little Things

Written By Petra Claflin, Senior Instructional Coach http://drbl.in/bfsl In her end-of-year reflection, of one of my teachers cited an example of a time in September when she was really stressed and I was willing to reschedule our meeting since she was having a really rough day and then brought her a latte during her off … Continue reading

JUST JUMP!

Written by Patty Williams, TE Instructional Coach I LOVE watching my 4 year old son as he learns how to swim. Or should I say learns how to ‘float’…which is not that exciting. 🙂 Yet there was  an incident that occurred in one of his swim classes that inspired and motivated me. One Monday evening … Continue reading

Those Who Teach…Do Everything!

Written by Laura Washington, TE Instructional Coach http://drbl.in/buQC There is a quote floating around out there that some may find funny, but that I feel the need to debate whenever I hear it. It goes something like this, “Those who can’t do…teach.” To add insult to injury, the quote continues, “Those who can’t teach…teach P.E.” … Continue reading

Voice in the Classroom

Written by Laura Washington, TE Instructional Coach http://drbl.in/bBCh There is an elephant in the room that many of us do not think about on a daily basis but is extremely important in the world of teaching and education. That is the importance of your VOICE. As educators, our voices are the link between our students … Continue reading

Instructional Coach Lessons Learned…Lesson One: Pulse checks

Written By Petra Claflin, TE Instructional Coach Support Specialist httdrbl.in/bLkQ All of the Instructional Coaches with Teaching Excellence have closed out our year with this year’s teaches and had a final conversation with each of them to reflect on the year and get feedback from them on our coaching and the program. These conversations were … Continue reading

TEam Member Spotlight: Carlos Villagrana

What is your role on the TEam? I manage the Teaching Excellence Alternative Certification Program Where did you study? List all that apply. Duncan High School (Duncan, OK) Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK) Houston Baptist University (Houston, TX) Why are you passionate about education and teacher development? I believe education inequity is the civil rights … Continue reading

TEam Member Spotlight: Elisa Gibbs

What is your role on the TEam? Instructional Coach Where did you study? List all that apply. Washington and Lee University Why are you passionate about education and teacher development? EVERY child deserves the right to great education and that means having GREAT teachers. Teachers must receive support and guidance to develop in their first … Continue reading

Petra’s Young Adult Lit Summer Hit List

Written by Petra Claflin, TE Instructional Coach and former Literacy Specialist and ELA teacher I couldn’t come up with ten and couldn’t stop at 5, so here are my Top 7! I lean towards sci-fi/fantasy, so most of these are of that variety. I didn’t include the obvious titles like Hunger Games and Harry Potter, and it … Continue reading

Teaching Excellence from A to Z

Get to know us from start to finish.  Follow our weekly series “TE from A to Z”… V is for variety. TE instructional coaches deliver a variety of learning opportunities for the teachers they support. These opportunities range from observation debriefs, reflective conversations, facilitation of targeted professional learning sessions to providing feedback about written or … Continue reading

TEam Member Spotlight: Sarah Murphy

What is your role on the TEam? I am fortunate enough to be part of the Teaching Excellence TEam as an Instructional Coach. This year, I am a full-time Instructional Coach, and, last year, I taught at YES Prep East End while also working as an Instructional Coach. Where did you study? List all that … Continue reading

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