Goal Setting: Ideas, Tools, and Strategies

Goal Setting is such an important part of coaching in an educational setting or just in our every lives. Educational and Digital Coaches, Tim Belmont, Brian Sepe, and I moderate a room every week called “Coaches Connect” under our club of the same name in an effort to bring coaches (instructional, digital or life) together and encourage discussion around topics important to our practice. If you’re new to Clubhouse, check out this blog from my friend, Monica Burns.

This is curation of our discussion on March 7, 2021 where we focused on Goal Setting for coaches.

Goal Setting Ideas

Goal Setting is such an important part of the coaches life as well as those they are coaching. Here are a few of the topics that our speakers coach their educators on:

• Pedagogy

• Tech

• Classroom Management

• Mindset

• Presentation Strategies/ Engagement

• Organization 

• Improving Units

Tools to Use

The tools we use help us to be intentional when goal setting for our educators and ourselves. Here are a few tools our speakers shared:

Google Docs

Google Sheets

Flipgrid – reflections, obstacles, building community

Full Focus Planner

High Performance Planner

Jim Knight – new planner coming soon!

Passion Planner


John Maxwell says “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions.” {I do recommend this book!} The truth is if we don’t study the art of question asking we will not have a grasp on what our client/educators need and will not be able to guide them to meet and achieve the goals they have set. Here are some questions we ask:

What goals/outcomes do you want to achieve? 

What are some goals/outcomes that you’re striving for? 

• How will you know that it is successful? 

• How will you know you’ve achieved the goal? 

• What evidence will you collect? 

• Ask students for feedback – exit tickets, learning styles, lesson reflections

• EdTech Tips and Strategies: What is the best framework? This week?  This month? This year? 

How can this unit(s) be improved?

• How much does the person your coaching disposition influence the work you do? 

• What’s keeping you up at night? 


• iSMART Goals – Inspiring, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Specific

Impact Cycle – Identify, Learn, Improve

PEERS Goals (Jim Knight)  – Powerful, Easy, Emotionally Compelling, Reachable, Student-Focused

Leadership Competencies: Where am I strong? Opportunities for Improvement? Reflections

• Model, Lead, Teacher-Led with support from coach

• 3 Prong approach: Lesson Design, Classroom Management, Student Engagement

• Content engagement, teacher engagement, peer engagement

• Coach with EMPATHY

• Resistance is a conflict with core Values

• 4 Disciplines of Execution

Are you an instructional, digital or life coach? Are you thinking of transitioning from the classroom to a coaching role and have questions? Have you been coaching and want to share your biggest lessons or takeaways? We would love to have you join us on Clubhouse! Please reach out to use and let us know you’d like to join and we will get you connected with our community!

9 Self-Care Tips and Habits for Coaches

The following tips are curated from our Sunday night room on Clubhouse for Instructional and/or Tech Coaches called “Coaches Connect.” Many tips were shared during our time together, but Brian, Tim, and I have curated the tips we believe are the most powerful for coaches to be the best versions of themselves in order to make a positive impact on those they are coaching! Comment below and share your own or let us know which one resonates with you the most!

  1. Laugh! Find something (or someone) that makes you laugh! This could be a podcast, a movie, or a TV series. One of my favorite shows is Shitt$ Creek, but I’m also a fan of anything that makes me laugh and doesn’t require much attention or time. My advice is to also to stay around people that make you laugh! After all, we become most like the top 5 people we spend the most time around. Laughter has been proven to be great medicine and being around laughter will always be a remedy for stress. (Tisha) 
  2. Affirmations: Affirmations are positive statements that can help overcome negative thoughts. I keep sticky notes up in my car, on my bathroom mirror, and on my iTunes playlists. I have been a fan of affirmations for many years and implemented them with my kids when dropping them off at school, but they have definitely helped me cope during the last year. They can be as simple or as lengthy as you want.
  3. Decompress: Decompression in this instance means to “release from pressure.” This can look however you want it to look. For me, decompression sometimes means sitting in my car in the garage alone in silence for 30 minutes after arriving home. Others may need a scheduled workout time each day, a weekend away alone, or a social media minute. TikTok, though controversial, has afforded me laughter, inspiration, and a time to decompress. (Tisha)
  4. Get Fresh Air: Aside from rejuvenating your lungs with air from the outdoors, stepping outside is a great reminder that there is a whole, massive world out there and that some of our small worries are not quite worth going into crisis mode over. (Tim)
  5. Schedule Downtime: Just like scheduling time to respond to emails or exercise, having designated relaxation time is particularly beneficial for those who feel the need to stay active. Stillness doesn’t come naturally to everyone- relaxation is a practice! (Tim)
  6. Stretch: Taking time to touch your toes, lengthen on the ground, or even put your arms above your head can relieve tension. Also, it’s a great reminder that you have some control over how you physically feel. (Tim)
  7. Write Daily: Getting into a habit and routine of writing can have an incredible impact on our well-being and sharpen our focus on how we lead and how we show up for those we serve. One way this routine can start is by creating the conditions for the habit to form. Try placing the device or notebook in an area where you will see it each day. Next, choose a structure that works for you or you may choose to write without a structure. The point is, you are ‘writing’ and ‘creating.’ One structure that works for me: 2-3 lines of gratitude • 1-2 lines of today’s greatness (what will make today great?) • Attention: bulleted list of what has my attention • 1 quote or affirmation (Brian)
  8. Move: Doing something physical each day can not only get the heart rate going, but it also has a direct impact on our energy and our focus. Physical activity can be as simple as you want or as intense a workout as you have time for. Anything from yoga to strength-training or working on flexibility or a few push-ups. The act of something physical means you are accomplishing hard things and gathering your energy for the day. (Brian)
  9. Gratitude: Your gratitude practice can start as soon as your feet hit the floor. Cultivating good habits can be as simple as using a cue like your feet hitting the floor to trigger the routine of starting your day with gratitude by flashing a smile and thinking for a moment about how grateful you are to be here today. The reward here is that by starting with gratitude, you are positioning yourself to be in control of your thoughts and ideas. Starting the day this way can put you on a path for new ideas and leading and learning with an open mind and an open heart. (Brian)