This week we learned the benefits of a high-quality mentor program, how to create a coaching partnership agreement with teachers, four steps for turning your coaching vision into a purpose statement, and more. Enjoy! 👍
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Coaching Partnership Agreements: Teacher and Coach
"It cannot be stressed enough that
if teachers do not understand the purpose and general responsibilities, the coach's effectiveness will suffer. Without that clarity, teachers will not know how and why to access the coach and may sometimes even develop animosity toward them. . . . Instead of attempting to wrestle several teachers into working with you,
make coaching something that is special and select."
"When thinking about your coaching purpose, I encourage you to dig deep!
What are your personal strengths and values? . . . I am committed to helping teachers to become their best selves. It is the small, personal, acts of kindness and respect that we show to teachers and kids that make a difference."
Being an effective instructional coach is about more than just being a good teacher. I needed to learn how to identify the shifts that would make the most difference in each classroom. And
I needed to do it without seeming like a condescending know-it-all, because frankly, I knew a lot less than the teacher team I was hired to coach."
Coaches and principals should clarify their agreement and expectations concerning confidentiality and
share that agreement with staff. If the role is unclear to the coach and principal, teachers are sure to be unclear and that doubt will impact the coach's effectiveness."
"Instructional coaching may be a new skill for some mentor teachers and providing them with training and tools to keep their coaching student-centered is key. . . .
Although the work of mentoring is individualized, it should not be done in isolation. Working collaboratively with other mentors creates opportunities to share ideas, strategies, and resources."