I have done a few coaching cycles, and all of them were incredibly valuable. I went into each of them with a broad idea of what I wanted students to accomplish, but didn’t have a clear vision of how to specifically go about setting up the lessons or how to student learning. That is one of the reasons why working with a coach is so helpful. A coach brings a fresh perspective, often from a different curricular background than your own. They help share the load of creating something brand new, which can sometimes seem like a daunting task. One thing that I found especially helpful when working with instructional coaches is the questions they ask to provide clarity and keep the focus on student learning. Above all, working with instructional coaches has reminded me that teaching does not have to be something that is done in isolation. Our students benefit from teacher collaboration in creating relevant and rigorous learning experiences.