Imposter Syndrome in Instructional Coaching, Ep. 131 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast
Welcome to Season 4 of Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast! I’m so excited for this season because every single episode topic and guest came from a request, question, or challenge that you have as a coach.
I sent out a survey to everyone on my email list and then compiled it all to create the episodes for this season. The biggest collection of responses is a set that I categorized as the human side of coaching.
There’s one thing we know that we’re going to deal with as instructional coaches and that’s feelings. We can’t just walk into a classroom and say “this is what you do, let’s get a move on everybody”. It doesn’t work that way. We need to make sure we approach our work from a human perspective.
I’m kicking this season off with a three-month series all about working with the people we coach. We’re going to talk about relationships, toxic environments, communicating with teachers/administrators, and mindset. We’re starting it with this episode about impostor syndrome in instructional coaching.
Some people say imposter syndrome is a thing and some people say it isn’t. Impostor syndrome, to me, is the feeling that you don’t have the authority, the knowledge, the experience, or the credibility to be doing what you’re doing. You feel like you have no authority to do it, and that other people shouldn’t listen to you. You’re basically always saying to yourself, “who would listen to me? I don’t even know what I’m talking about. I’m just making it up as I go.”
Let me let you in on a little secret, we’re all making it up as we go. I’m making it up as I go. Nobody has it all figured out, even if they pretend that they do!
The big problem with thinking that we aren’t worth listening to is that it shows up in the way we interact with teachers. So, in this episode, I talk about where imposter syndrome comes from, why coaches suffer from it, and how we can overcome it.
Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 131 – Imposter Syndrome in Instructional Coaching
- What is imposter syndrome
- Where does impostor syndrome come from
- How our self-image and self-talk affect our coaching work
- Why instructional coaches have imposter syndrome
- Why we need to work through imposter syndrome
- Why you don’t need to be an expert on everything to be an effective instructional coach
- What I would do if I could start over again
- Ideas for changing our self-talk
- How to craft a positive coaching statement to help us gear up for those days that we know are going to be extra challenging
You’ll also learn about my new favorite things segment of the show that was inspired by a listener’s suggestion.
I think you’re going to get a lot of this episode on imposter syndrome in instructional coaching. If any of this resonates with you, I want you to take a screenshot of this episode and share it on my Instagram @ buzzingwithmsb.
I also have a free webinar called Dare to Coach. It’s a collaboration with Nicole s Turner from Simply Coaching and Teaching. It’s one of our coffee and coaching sessions. It gives you great ideas for how you can get into classrooms, even if you’re feeling like the teachers don’t want you around. It gives you practical tips for what you can dare to do to actually get into those rooms and do your jobs.
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