Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506336701

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Check out The Better Conversations trailer: https://youtu.be/y3FrWTXC8Uw “I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them. Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: better conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.” --DOUGLAS FISHER Coauthor of Rigorous Reading and Unstoppable Learning Because conversation is the lifeblood of any school You don’t want this book—you need this book. Why this confident claim? Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues. As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to: Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators Listen with empathy Find common ground Build Trust Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve. You can get started now with Better Conversationsand the accompanying Reflection Guide to Better Conversations.

Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 150633668X

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 2537

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Check out The Better Conversations trailer: https://youtu.be/y3FrWTXC8Uw “I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them. Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: better conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.” --DOUGLAS FISHER Coauthor of Rigorous Reading and Unstoppable Learning Because conversation is the lifeblood of any school You don’t want this book—you need this book. Why this confident claim? Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues. As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to: Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators Listen with empathy Find common ground Build Trust Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve. You can get started now with Better Conversationsand the accompanying Reflection Guide to Better Conversations.

The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

Author: Jim Knight,Jennifer Ryschon Knight,Clinton Carlson

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 150633900X

Category: Education

Page: 184

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Every worthwhile book has a deeply held belief, and for Jim Knight’s Better Conversations and this worktext, The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations, here it is: “Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.” Instructional coaches, administrators, teachers . . . really everyone: the royal we is you. In this Reflection Guide, Jim delivers a framework for improving professional dialogue that is so clearly signposted, you might as well call it a day planner. Here’s how The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations works: In Part One, you and your peers engage in surveys, take stock, and record video in order to get real about your current beliefs and abilities. How do you measure up when it comes to empathy, asking better questions? Finding common ground? In Part Two, learn about the 10 habits of being an effective communicator, and put them into practice. Are your conversations focused on others 50 percent of the time? What things typically distract you from being fully present? In Better Conversations, Jim Knight reveals why true dialogue improves professional performance, job satisfaction, and classroom instruction. Together with this Reflection Guide, the two books provide a brilliant, scaffolded professional learning experience on a topic central to learning, central to life. This is the district-wide solution you need—are you ready?

Unmistakable Impact

A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452239495

Category: Education

Page: 336

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A focused approach to school improvement that hits the mark This book simplifies the process for becoming an Impact School through targeted, consistent professional learning that is done with teachers, not to teachers. Award-winning author Jim Knight provides tangible tools for translating staff members’ joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic results. Characteristics of Impact Schools include: A focused, clearly defined improvement plan that takes into account the complexity of teaching and learning relationships A school culture that encourages enrollment in ongoing professional development Alignment of purpose and actions among all staff members

The Impact Cycle

What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1544317808

Category: Education

Page: 288

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"Jim Knight is one of the wise men of coaching. His well is deep; he draws from it the best tools from practitioners, the wisdom of experience, and research-based insights. And he never loses sight of the bigger picture: the point of all this is to have more impact in this life we're lucky enough to live." —MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Author of The Coaching Habit "Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance. Jim Knight’s work has helped me understand the details of how effective coaching can and should be done." —DR. ATUL GAWANDE, surgeon, public health researcher, and author of The Checklist Manifesto Identify . . . Learn . . . Improve When it comes to improving practice, few professional texts can rival the impact felt by Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching. For hundreds of thousands of educators, Jim bridged the long-standing divide between staff room and classroom offering up a much a more collaborative, respectful, and efficient PD model for achieving instructional excellence. Now, one decade of research and hundreds of in-services later, Jim takes that work a significant step further with The Impact Cycle: an all-new instructional coaching cycle to help teachers and, in turn, their students improve in clear, measurable ways. Quintessential Jim, The Impact Cycle comes loaded with every possible tool to help you reach your coaching goals, starting with a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you’ll learn how to Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening Jim writes, “When we grow, improve, and learn, when we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we tap into something deep in ourselves that craves that kind of growth.” Read The Impact Cycle and soon you’ll discover how you can continually refine your practice to help teachers and students realize their fullest potential. View Jim Knight’s Impact Cycle video trailer:

High-Impact Instruction

A Framework for Great Teaching

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412981778

Category: Education

Page: 371

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High Impact Instruction is a response to the pressing need among school leaders for research-validated, high-leverage instructional practices that have a significant, positive impact on the way teachers teach and students learn. Author Jim Knight provides a simple but powerful framework and set of tools for improving classroom management, content planning, instruction, and assessment. In addition, the book addresses the most effective forms of professional learning that can be used to ensure that teachers learn the Big Four teaching practices: Instructional Coaching, Partnership Learning, and Intensive Learning Teams.

Instructional Coaching

A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452293341

Category: Education

Page: 256

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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture! Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes: First-person stories from successful coaches Sidebars highlighting important information A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources Ready-to-use forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, and reports

Coaching Conversations

Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time

Author: Linda M. Gross Cheliotes,Marceta Fleming Reilly

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412981832

Category: Education

Page: 109

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Learn how coaching conversations—which are different from supervisory and mentoring conversations—shift responsibility for instructional improvement from the school leader to the entire school community!

Leadership Strategies for Teachers

Author: Eunice M. Merideth

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483362078

Category: Education

Page: 136

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This practical handbook shows you how to expand your leadership skills with strategies for improving student achievement, extending your learning, and collaborating for school improvement.

How to Coach Teachers Who Don't Think Like You

Using Literacy Strategies to Coach Across Content Areas

Author: Bonnie M. Davis

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 145229433X

Category: Education

Page: 232

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This how-to resource encourages teachers to write and reflect upon their practices in a unique approach to coaching that bridges content areas and honors distinctive learning styles.

Onward

Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Author: Elena Aguilar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119364906

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms—places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged. This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back—and work toward banishing the rain for good. This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. You’ll learn how a simple shift in mindset can affect your outlook, and how taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important things you can do. The companion workbook helps you put the framework into action, streamlining your way toward renewal and strength. Cultivate resilience with a four-part framework based on 12 key habits Uncover your true self, understand emotions, and use your energy where it counts Adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building Keep learning, playing, and creating to create an environment of collective celebration By cultivating resilience in schools, we help ensure that we are working in, teaching in, and leading organizations where every child thrives, and where the potential of every child is recognized and nurtured. Onward provides a step-by-step plan for reigniting that spark.

The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools

Creating Conditions for Effective Learning

Author: John Campbell,Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506335861

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Grow your leadership skills to bring out the best in your school! Help your staff get “unstuck” no matter what challenges they are facing through solutions-focused coaching techniques that help them envision desired outcomes and the actions needed to achieve them. Through video examples and tools, this step-by-step guide shows you how to: Introduce a coaching approach into a wide range of conversational contexts Use the GROWTH coaching conversation framework to improve both staff and student success and well-being Use coaching approaches in areas that school leaders typically find challenging: in formal performance reviews, when giving informal feedback, and when working with teams

The Art of Coaching

Effective Strategies for School Transformation

Author: Elena Aguilar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118421027

Category: Education

Page: 360

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Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.

The Feedback Fix

Dump the Past, Embrace the Future, and Lead the Way to Change

Author: Joe Hirsch

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475826613

Category: Education

Page: 182

View: 9943

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The secret to giving better feedback isn’t what we say – it’s what others hear. Too often, people hear about a past they can’t control, not a future they can. That changes with “feedforward” – a radical approach to sharing feedback that unleashes the performance and potential of everyone around us. From managers and coaches trying to energize their teams, to teachers hoping to motivate their students, to parents looking to empower their children, people from all walks of life want others to hear what they have to say. Through a lively blend of stories and studies, The Feedback Fix shows them how by presenting a six-part REPAIR plan that spreads feedforward across boardrooms, classrooms, and even dining rooms. Even with drastic changes in how we work and live, the experiences we create for others – joy or fear, growth or decline, success or failure – still hang on the feedback we share. The Feedback Fix makes a compelling argument for getting what we want by giving others what they need – all while rebuilding the way we lead, learn, and live.

Coaching

Approaches and Perspectives

Author: Jim Knight

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781412969253

Category: Education

Page: 222

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Experts review coaches’ roles, examine research, and provide in-depth discussions of specific coaching models, including literacy, cognitive, instructional, content-focused, classroom management, and leadership coaching.

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Author: Jonathan Haidt

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307455777

Category: Philosophy

Page: 500

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Presents a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind cultural clashes that are polarizing America.

Conversations for Action and Collected Essays

Instilling a Culture of Commitment in Working Relationships

Author: Fernando Flores

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781478378488

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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How do we create value for ourselves and others while at the same time participating in today's free market economy? How do we produce results while at the same time developing relationships where we take care of each other in the process? Today, instead of productively and joyfully engaging with broad networks of people, we are increasingly stressed by our working relationships. With networked technology, disconnecting is becoming increasingly more difficult. In order to build productive and trusting relationships, we must learn skills that will enable us to build trust, coordinate our commitments more effectively, listen to each other and build networks of commitments for the sake of producing value for ourselves, for our families, for the organizations in which we participate, for our communities, and for our world as a whole. The essays in this collection offer a framework for developing more effective, productive relationships in the workplace or in any context where a person must coordinate with others to make something happen. The essays describe how to effectively make commitments that allow us to create something of value. Describing Flores' network of commitments/conversations for action framework, a framework that has been cited in more than three thousand books, the author paints a vivid view of language as action rather than just words that transfer information from one place (the speaker) to another (the listener). When people engage in conversations, commitments are made, and spaces of possibilities are opened up. Therefore, the theme is of “instilling a culture of commitment” in our working relationships, allowing us to focus on what we are creating of value together rather than the ongoing stress of attempting to calculate tradeoffs of individual interests. Edited by Maria Flores Letelier, it was Maria's mission to make available works that had rested as private papers in hard copy form only for twenty to thirty years. She selected and edited a group of essays and placed them in an effective order for the reader.

Becoming a Master Student

Author: Dave Ellis

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1337097101

Category: Education

Page: 432

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BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, Sixteenth Edition, is all about discovery, intention, and action. BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT is your guide to the culture of higher education. Through interactive journal entries, hands-on activities, and articles about success, this text will help you gain the qualities needed to become a master student. Tools like the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal, Master Student Profiles, Power Process articles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory deepen your knowledge of yourself and help you prepare for success in school and in life. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Making Evaluation Meaningful

Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools

Author: PJ Caposey

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506378870

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Re-evaluate your perspective on teacher evaluation to truly transform school performance! The tools, strategies, and reflections in this book provide realistic solutions to the problem faced by many schools: meaningless evaluation. A considerable amount of time, energy, and money is spent on the teacher evaluation process, yet the question remains whether it is truly transforming the learning of teachers and, therefore, students. This practical guide shows how evaluation can become the tie that binds all school improvement activities together to: • Bring clarity and purpose to all educators making their roles more effective • Improve teacher practice since they receive better support • Increase student achievement and overall school culture

Unstoppable Learning

Seven Essential Elements to Unleash Student Potential

Author: Douglas Fisher,Nancy Frey

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1935543466

Category: Education

Page: 112

View: 3008

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Discover proven methods to enhance teaching and learning schoolwide. Identify questions educators should ask to guarantee a positive classroom culture where students learn from each other, not just teachers. Explore ways to adapt learning in response to students’ individual needs, and gain strategies and tools to create clear learning targets, prepare effective lessons, and successfully assess instruction.