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What are you go-to blogs, website, professional texts that have the greatest impact on your professional growth as a coach? #AUSLcoach

Sep 11, 2013 5:36am

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    • Sep 12, 2013 2:26pm

      Elena Aguilar's book titled, "The Art of Coaching" is our newest favorite. Last year we did some work with Mindset by Carol Dweck. One of our old faithfuls is Blended Coaching which is co-written by Gary Bloom, Claire Castagna, Ellen Moir, and Betsy Warren. However, what usually has the greatest on our professional growth as a coach is co-coaching with other coaches and discussing practice. Because we know this work is not a science, we have to constantly collaborate and seek out new techniques, ideas and ways to reach teachers.

      • Sep 29, 2013 1:06pm

        Not a coach, but need to echo the praise for Chris Lehman's blog and the close reading series he is doing with Kate Roberts. ( and It's my favorite thing to read on Monday & Thursday mornings!

        • Sep 20, 2013 12:22pm

          Right now I am obsessed with Chris Lehman's blog. The focus is on close reading. It is very insightful and I am learning a lot about close reading from it.

          • Sep 29, 2013 2:51pm

            Wow- thanks for the blog tips. Now I need to catch up on all the old posts!

            • Sep 29, 2013 4:14pm

              I'm a big Chris Lehman fan. They have a book coming out (Falling in Love with Close Reading) and he'll be giving a PD in WI in December. (This is less coaching related, but I think the work they're doing is so good!)

              • Oct 6, 2013 10:14am

                I have used It's affiliated with Google right now, so you can use your Google login credentials to use and set up a class. It is a closed blog, so it is safe for your students.

                • Oct 6, 2013 10:21am

                  Nevermind my post... I misunderstood the question. Sorry!

                  • Oct 6, 2013 10:44am

                    Probst and Beers' NOTICE AND NOTE is terrific!

                    • Oct 6, 2013 4:18pm

                      The Chris Lehman Blog, Kate and Maggie Blog, Uncommoncorps, Granted,and...,

                      • Oct 11, 2013 7:02am

                        Carrie and Heather- thanks for the blog recommendation. I finally had time to dig into them and catch up on the Blog-a-thon. I didn't want to stop reading and I immediately pre-ordered there book. Lots of great learning there.

                        Now how to we get teachers (without a lot of free time) to read these pots. Ideas?

                        • Oct 12, 2013 7:02am

                          Hey Beth! I don't know. I'm a teacher (ELA/SS @ Casals), but I had the opportunity to go to NYC for Writer's Workshop this summer and met Chris Lehman. For me, it's early morning coffee & blogs! My conflict now is how to translate what I'm learning & loving into my classroom... while balancing the units we're creating, finding texts for those units, etc. So, not a great answer to your question. I think it's awakening that passion in teachers to understand/get interesting in some of these new standards beyond testing. So, I guess I don't know. There's at times that difficult balance between teachings students things that translate to the standard in a testable way (daily exit slips, etc.) *and* equipping them with skills/passion for reading. I guess I'm not answering your question at all... if you think of anything, let me know.