This week we learned a few end-of-year coaching tips, Jim Knight's seven factors of successful coaching programs, how to make observations more collaborative, and more!
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End-of-Year Coaching Tips
Nicole Turner provides a few must-dos for ICs looking to wrap up the school year without leaving teachers high and dry for the summer.
"You have to discuss with teachers what they plan on doing during the summer to continue to grow and become better. On the instructional coach's end, you might want to make sure you have a few resources like book studies or professional developments that teachers can attend during the summer to stay on top of things. You can also create a simple plan for teachers to get organized right away before school starts."
A Culture of Coaching
Matt Kelley highlights Jim Knight's seven success factors that facilitate positive learning experiences for students through evidenced-based coaching.
"Data is important within a coaching program because it provides a way to set goals and monitor progress. Goals need to be measured frequently so that teachers can determine if what they are doing is working or if adjustments need to be made. . . . Instead of dictating exactly what someone should do to improve, we believe a respectful and collaborative dialogue paves the way to positive change."
Coaching Mathematical Knowledge
Sue Chapman defines "mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT)," the goals of MKT, and some questions math ICs can ask teachers to help better understand the process.
"As you have coaching conversations around MKT, you not only help a teacher problem solve the specific teaching dilemma she is facing, you also strengthen her decision-making processes for future teaching situations."
Reframing Teacher Observations
Miriam Plotinsky shares four techniques admins can utilize to turn observations from stressful to more collaborative and productive.
"Celebrate teachers who stepped up and volunteered to be seen, even if the lesson was less than outstanding. If we don't respond favorably to their risk-taking, word will go out that the by-invitation technique is a gotcha, and no one will want to participate. . . . By showing up on a teacher's terms, leaders build trust, affirming to the teacher that their success is among the leader's highest priorities."
Steve Barkley believes PLCs can shift from fear-based to opportunity-based decision making when members dive deep to learn themselves with self-reflection.
"Analyzing the similarities and differences among the group’s perceptions, perspectives, and assumptions should be a continuous process for PLC facilitators to promote. The power of learning with colleagues is the opportunity to gain from differing perceptions and perspectives, which can challenge one's assumptions."
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