Instructional coaches offer teachers feedback in multiple ways: observations, demonstration lessons, co-teaching, professional learning sessions and more. While I love all aspects of coaching, there is something powerful about observing classroom instruction with a lens on what is going well. And while many of us might be back to coaching in person, there’s something even more powerful in using video observation as part of an in-person or virtual coaching cycle.
Before we can coach in the classroom alongside teachers, we must first be invited into it and instructional coaches understand just how difficult this can sometimes be.
I love notebooks. I love planners. I love calendars in all shapes and sizes. And, since you are reading this post on a blog that celebrates notebooks, sticky notes and colorful markers, you likely already know this. =)

But, did you know exactly HOW I use all of those notebooks? I use one notebook to capture coaching sketchnotes and ideas to make my coaching more joyful and effective. In fact, this entire blog is a digitized version of that notebook! I use another notebook to plan and take notes on professional learning sessions and grade level meetings. I have another notebook dedicated only to coaching cycles so I can keep track of teachers’ individual goals and our coaching activities together, too.

But there’s one more notebook I haven’t shared with you yet. Actually, it’s a calendar. A coaching connection calendar. Let me explain.
This may be the easiest and most versatile idea I have tried to engage teachers in discussion, reflection and collaboration during professional learning sessions. This incredibly simple activity requires no preparation, can be used in virtually any professional learning session, can be personalized to whatever content you are hoping to explore and is sure to spark thinking and discussion. Really. 
If you have read any of my other posts, you know how much I love sticky notes: big ones, small ones, colorful ones, plain ones, shaped notes, tall notes, short notes, every single kind of sticky note. I use them in lots of ways, but today, I’d like to share how I use sticky notes to create shared norms with a new group of educators, perfect for the beginning of the school year. It’s hands-on, colorful and gets teachers thinking in a hands-on-minds-on way. 
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