This week, we’re discussing the fourth strategy for your coaching toolkit, start small!

When coaching is new to a school culture, it makes sense to start small by collecting resources that support student learning. As a coach, you can take the time to find resources that teachers need, but don’t have time to look for. With this strategy, you’re helping teachers remember resources they might find useful, but not yet working towards analyzing, evaluating, and creating learning experiences for teachers.

This strategy is a great way to demonstrate that coaching can help remove barriers, or in this case, the barrier of time to research and the sills of finding developmentally appropriate material. The challenge is that this strategy does take time, and often, this time is better spent working in the classroom with teachers and students, or collaboratively planning and reflecting on learning experiences. Try this strategy if you’re stuck working with the willing or having difficulty getting teachers on board for coaching.


Want to learn more about the coaching strategies we’re focusing on? Download our free PDF, “The Top 5 Strategies for Your Coaching Toolkit.” This PDF gives an overview of the top 5 strategies we recommend to help you become a successful learning coach. This PDF is great for coaches and teachers wanting to move into a coaching role. Download the PDF here!


This 20+ page PDF highlights all of the key elements of being a successful learning coach and shares ideas, strategies and tips for your coaching toolkit, working with the willing (and not so willing) and ways to have successful coaching conversations.

Jam-packed with practical, relevant and easy-to-read content this PDF is an excellent guide for new-to-coaching teachers or as a handy resource for experienced coaches looking to add to their toolbox of strategies.