TeachBoost's Weekly Coaching Roundup is our hand-picked list of first-person perspectives, resources, and tools from instructional coaches, delivered every Wednesday! Check out stories for the week of October 8, 2018.
"Coaches don't need to be experts in the area of work their coachees specialize in. The magic ingredient a skillful coach brings is expertise in facilitating in others the process of increasing self-awareness and self-responsibility, leading to the ability to vision and then undertake change."
"Through the social give-and-take of coaching talk, ideas are explained and extended. Once a teacher feels understood, we ask teller-centered questions that lead to analysis. . . . As the teacher volleys back the conversation, she feels not only understood, but validated."
"It is critical that coaches help teachers connect emotionally to the school community and really get to know their students and families. That doesn't mean home visits and phone calls every night are necessary; it does mean, however, that teachers need to know what triggers their students' stress and anxiety. They need to know that when students suffer, they cannot learn until those stresses and anxieties are relieved."
Do What I Say or Creating Informed Decision Makers?
"When I consult, I love to give options. How you decide to teach something is so particular to your school, your students, the unit, the data, and more. I hate to presume that because I showed up at your school three days ago and I met you two hours ago that I know which path you should take. This idea is still true when I'm working with the teachers at my school. The ultimate path you choose should, in most situations, be up to you."