This week we learned a few techniques for building relationships remotely, two areas teachers should focus their planning on to be more student-focused, some tips for coaching from afar, and more. Enjoy! 😀
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"Instructional coaching partnerships are built on a strong foundation of a trusting relationship. Now, more than ever, teachers need someone to partner with them, listen to them, and support them – even if that means virtually. . . . Think about what will work in a virtual setting. Will you need to revise anything?"
"It's going to take more effort on our part to connect with kids and their families. Make a phone call home to speak with each of your students and their parents once a week just to talk for about 5-15 minutes. This will make a huge difference in building student-teacher relationships. . . . This bond is necessary between teachers and students, as well as peers, in order to create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning."
"Starting school virtually in August and September with students new to the teacher and new to each other will require purposeful planning by teachers to create an environment and expectations that maximize learning. . . . A coach's pre-conference, observation, and post conference feedback around these important teaching decisions can be extremely valuable."
"Have you ever taken the time to think about your personality as an instructional coach? How do you present yourself to your teachers? How would your teachers describe you as a coach?"
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