ICIC 2018 Presentation: You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup
You Can’t Pour
From an Empty Cup
Empty Cup Causes ● Change produces stress regardless of
whether we are the ones initiating or
implementing change (Smith, 2008). This
stress can lead to unwanted challenges
for instructional coaches.
● “Coaches may tie their own self-worth
directly to their success or failure with
teachers in school” (Knight, 2007, p.
● Coaches also find themselves as
outsiders on a campus because they
are always trying to change it (Knight,
Filling our Cup:
“Understanding our own belief
systems --how they were formed, how
we can become conscious of them,
how we can change them --makes us
much more skilled at helping others to
Core Value Activity
Filling our Cup:
1. Notice the feelings that come up when you
read your short list. How does your energy
2. Consider how the actions you take reflect your
a. Are there values that show up more often
in your actions at work? Home? In social
circles? With family?
3. Write your top three core values on a piece of
paper and post them somewhere prominent.
4. Reflect on them for the week/year. Are they the
same? Have they changed?
Filling Our Cup: Develop Your Mission Statement
If one of your beliefs is appreciation then your belief statement might be:
“Acknowledge the Positive.”
Filling Up Our
● What are possible barriers
that prevent you from filling
up your cup and others in the
● What prevents you from losing
focus of your core
● How do you empower and
engage teachers in
● How can you revise your
calendar/to-do list system to
instructional coaching for self
Filling Our Cup: How Do We Break the Barriers?
Filling Our Cup: How Can We Break Barriers to Empower?
Filling Up Our Cup:
What We Can Do
● How do you currently collaborate
with other educators?
● What are your “go to’s when you
need ideas advice, and support?
Filling Up Our Cup: Our Tribe(s)
Aretha will be our timer :-)
Curate new ideas?
Reflect and share?
Connect with other educators?
Collaborate and inquire?
Filling Up Our Cups: The Power of PLN’S (“Your Tribe”)
Invite Investment Resources
Filling Up Our Cup: Impactful Professional Tips and Tricks
Filling Up Our Cup: Personal Self Care
Hobbies Daily Shine Messages Link
Create Your Self Care Plan ● Mind: What kind of activities
would help you take care of
● Body: What kind of activities
will help you take care of your
● Spirit: What really makes your
soul come alive!!?
● Support: Who are supportive
people you can count on?
● Accomplishments: What do
you want to accomplish by
fulfilling these self-care needs?
It can be short-term, long-term,
through a current challenge
What are you next
steps to filling up
→ Reflect on your core
statement, and self care plan.
→ Look at the barriers we
created to filling up our cup.
→ Email, text, or write a note
to your future self with at least
one thing you will do to invest
in yourself to fill up your cup
this week/month/year. What
boundaries will you set to
invest in yourself?