This week we learned some peer coaching concepts, the ups and downs one coach experienced their first year, the impact of coaching for all education professionals, how coaches can support reflection, and more!
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Peer Coaching Strategies for More Collaborative Partnerships
Ellen Eisenberg introduces us to some peer coaching concepts and explains how it can support new approaches to school-wide improvement.
"The best learning is a partnership guided by a teacher leader who differentiates the support according to need. . . . Coaches are not supervisory; they're skilled practitioners who understand adult learning, how to network, give and receive feedback, and have dedicated time to do 'it.' They help teachers become more reflective practitioners and learners at the same time."
"This job has pushed me in ways I never thought possible, it has made me think critically about any and all the choices I make and how I handle situations. . . . Feedback is hard and it takes time to become even remotely comfortable with people giving you feedback. Take feedback for what it is, a conversation to help you improve your craft. Don’t take it personally or to heart. Listen to it, reflect on it, try it, and continue growing."
"Leaders need consistent support and feedback on all aspects of the position to continually grow and improve, but the most emphasis should be placed on issues related to instructional leadership. If teachers are being coached on research-based instruction and digital pedagogy, for example, then leaders need to be well equipped to provide useful feedback and conduct effective observations or evaluations. The same can be said about professional learning communities, the use of data, meeting the needs of learners with special needs, innovative practices, space redesign, and so on."
"Of course, listening only works when someone is talking! So teachers need to balance listening with sharing during collaborative reflection. . . . As a coach, you can model this kind of language and also have an explicit conversation about its benefits."