Do you know what one of my favorite coaching tools are? Easy buttons. As a fellow coach, I know there are things you find yourself saying over and over again or things you demonstrate over and over again and wish there was a better way. There is! Easy buttons. Easy buttons are handouts, recordings or videos of the things you say, do and demonstrate over and over again to streamline your work and create a collection of on-demand resources for your teachers.

Stop and think for a moment. What are the things you find yourself saying to teachers over and over? What questions do you answer again and again? Which resources do you continually share email after email? What do you consistently need to demonstrate with multiple teachers?

Your answers to these questions will lead you directly to the easy buttons you need to create. Here are some possible easy buttons you might consider:

Since our coaching is unique to our school, teachers and students, our easy buttons will be, too, ensuring that coaching is responsive and personalized, even if on-demand. And easy buttons are perfect for virtual coaching, too.

Now, I am not saying there is anything easy about our work, but providing clear, explicit examples and explanations for teachers when they need them most can certainly make everyone's work a bit easier, more enjoyable and certainly more effective.

Since you may find yourself with a collection of these flipped coaching resources, you’ll need to house your creations in an easy-to-access space. It does no good to create these resources if teachers cannot easily access them when they need them most. Curate your resources in an easily shareable format (Padlet, Wakelet, Google Drive, or YouTube Channel) to encourage personalized teacher learning, just as teachers might for their own students. In fact, you might encourage teachers to create their own easy buttons for students as well!

One last thing: I've created a special collection of Easy buttons just for you to support your virtual instructional coaching. There are 20 carefully-sequenced videos to show you how to ease into virtual coaching, step-by-step-by-step. Join me!

What easy buttons have you created? Or, what easy button do you need? Share your thinking in the comments below!

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  1. Hi,
    Any website recommendations for virtual books or articles for older readers to make a virtual classroom library? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Geri! Here is a collection of sites I use: https://padlet.com/stephanieaffini/digitaltexts

      I like Newsela, CommonLit and Great Big Story!

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  2. I love this concept! 2 tools I use a lot for this type of thing are Screencastify and Google Sites. With Screencastify, I can quickly create a video and narrate the process for how to do something online and then share it with multiple teachers. On my Google Site, I can collect and curate all kinds of resources and "easy buttons" for teachers in an organized, easy-to-edit way.

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    1. I love these, too! Loom has been reaching the top of my list lately as well!

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