Instructional Coaching Corner

Instructional Coaching Corner

Greg and Jenny are elementary instructional coaches in Iowa. Join them as they discuss topics of importance in education around teacher leadership, student achievement, best practices, climate and culture, and school leadership. For show resources and listener mail please visit www.instructionalcoachingcorner.com

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May 10, 2021 29 min

Jenny is back as we sit down and discuss the past three goals principles: If you think you can, our dark passengers, and making better bad decisions.
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When we set out to begin a goal we will be bombarded with a lot of decisions. Each one of these will take us either closer or further away from our goal. Making better bad decisions is a way to stay on track but also live a little too.
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Sometimes as we work toward a goal we get in our own way. We are often unwilling or unaware of our internal struggles and conflicts that have caused us to fail in the past. In this episode Greg dives into naming and calling out these aspects of our lives.
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Our mindset and self-talk are what will determine the achievement of our goals. Henry Ford said it simply, "If you think you can or cant you're right." Join Greg as he shares the number one change in his journey.
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Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the first three principles in our goals series.
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It wont be long into your goal process that you realize you are going to have struggles. How we deal with these struggles is crucial in meeting our goals. Join Greg as he talks about what we often want to do during struggle and what we should instead force ourselves to do.
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In episode two Greg dives into the struggles we face simply to get started when we set a goal. It is also one of the most pivotal times as we can often get stuck in the 'I will start this on Monday cycle.' Join Greg as continues to share learnings from his personal wellness goal.
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Working toward a goal is challenging to say the least. I have been on a lifestyle change and have learned a lot about what it means to work hard toward a goal. Through this series I will be sharing those learnings. Yes, I will use my weight loss goal as an example along with many others, but these principles relate to any goal and I will do my best to show that along the way. Episode 1 dives into the idea that we know what need...
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In our final episode on team work we dive into the idea of focusing on the right things for success. It is important to know what your team is trying to do and how to measure it. If it sounds like knowing your teams goal that would be correct!
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On a team we rely on the other members. So, what happens when that breaks down? Do we just ignore it or do we have the conversation?
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In this Motivational Monday short Greg talks about the failure. It is crucial to remember that failure does not define our actions!
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2020 has been something else. Light the yule log, plug the Christmas tree in, and cozy up as you listen to our annual Christmas special. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Join Greg and Jenny as they continue their dive into effective teams. Building commitment in teams is crucial for success. However, in order to do that we must avoid the desire to simply build consensus and the lack of clarity.
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December 7, 2020 3 min

In this Motivational Monday episode Greg and Jenny discuss a proverb of planting trees. Often times the best time to do something has past...which means the next best time to do it is NOW!
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Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into another strategy to support healthy teams. Yes, you read the title right - CONFLICT. Believe it or not healthy conflict is crucial in the function of a team. Listen to find out more.
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Its late October which could only mean it is time for our annual spooky story. Dim the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy a bit of short horror fiction on us. This year's story 'The Petting Zoo' is written by Peter de Niverville who also gave us permission to share it. Enjoy!
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October 19, 2020 19 min

Teams often fall apart and fail to strive due to lack of trust within the team itself. The best way to build trust is to get vulnerable...
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October 5, 2020 16 min

Teams are an essential part of our schools and really any organization. Truth is though we often don't function as teams as well as we would like. In this series we try to give tips and pointers to building strong and functioning teams.
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September 22, 2020 9 min

2020 has left us with so many unknowns. A lot of this leads to fear and anxiety. Join Greg has he shares a story from his six year old son as he walks into fear and overcomes it.
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