A Well-turned Phrase

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Trust and a sense of steady friendship help teachers confidently explore their practice. This week, Kerstin Pierce Long shares phrases coaches can use to tell teachers they care.

A Well-turned Phrase

by Kerstin Pierce Long

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On the Way to Somewhere Wonderful by Lisa Kaser

Relationships are critical to coaching. As we work with teachers, we are mindful that our words, body language, and responsiveness send messages that build trust. We also strive to maintain a balance of friendliness and professionalism. In the space where relationships intersect with supporting teachers as they face and surmount challenges, our kind words can make all the difference in the world for our colleagues and their students.

Hello.
Thank you.
Let's try it together.
I'm listening.
You are brave to say that.
Say more about that.
I am not sure either.
I don't know.
Let's find out.
What you think and feel is important.
There are many paths in successful teaching.
We did it!
Hooray!
Teach me.
Let me think carefully about what you just said.
I am here when you are ready.
We are learning together.
Sometimes that's true.
You are taking your first steps.
I will support you going forward.
It's okay to try again with a different idea.
You can.
You are.
Yes.