Instructional coach, Christina Brammall, shares some of her techniques for using student-centered coaching to take conversations from mandatory to "voluntary" while working with her teachers.
"When I work with my teachers, I keep our work focused on the students’ progress towards mastery of the learning-standard. This type of interaction has allowed my teachers to let their guards down when working with the me because they understand that our work together is not about me judging their ability to do their job."
Elena Aguilar has years of experience as an instructional coach and plenty of tips for new coaches that she's acquired over time—from clarifying your role as a coach, to listening for what's important.
"Let the teachers do most of the talking, learn to listen, and stay curious. These are just a few of the tips offered to instructional coaches new to the field."
Christina Brammall, TeachBoost guest blogger and instructional coach, continues to share her experience with student-centered coaching while building a positive coaching environment and relationships on campus.
"To help keep the climate focused on student learning my leaders and the coaching team collaboratively create a partnership agreement. This partnership agreement is the key that allows us to communicate about our work towards our campus' common goals, while keeping our work with our teachers confidential. We revisit our agreement throughout the year to help clarify our work together."
Collaboration is important at all levels within a school or organization. As a teacher leader, you can improve your communication with colleagues by "leading up, downward, and horizontally."
"We know that collaborating with fellow teachers on helping students is one of the best ways to make great strides in student performance. A member of a teacher team or professional learning community (PLC) can have a great influence in the productivity of their group around that collaboration."