My Top Five Ways Instructional Coaches Can Grow Teachers: The Coaching Podcast, Ep. 2
Here are the top five ways to support your teachers in order of impact!
#1 The Coaching Cycle
The coaching cycle is a three-part system that includes: a preconference, an observation/modeled lesson/co-taught lesson, and finally a debrief. Each of these is an important step in the coaching cycle. In the first step, you focus on setting a goal with the teacher. Letting the teacher set the goal is so important because it helps the teacher show ownership.
Modeling can be done in conjunction with your coaching cycle or separately. This is an effective way to help your teachers because you are showing them what to do. While it can be helpful to teacher, it is a bit stressful for you because you will be working with students who you may not have a lot of experience with. When you model, you want to be specific and to the point. Modeling too much might make the teacher feel like they aren’t doing anything right.
Again, this can be done in conjunction with the teaching cycle. Co-teaching is a great way to work with your teacher if they like to teach alongside you. When you use this support method, you need to make sure you have clearly defined roles going into the lesson.
#4 Planning Support
This can be effective as long as teachers walk the walk after talking the talk. When you use this support system, you want to stay focused on your standards and high impact strategies. The biggest thing you must do when you’re planning together is write everything down! The main goal here is to make sure your teachers walk away with a plan they are prepared to execute.
Again, data digs don’t always show up in the classroom. When you do a data dig, you want to make sure everyone has a copy (color coded if possible). If you have trouble getting participation from teachers, you could try talking chips! They’re easy to use.Here’s how: give teachers a certain number of mini erasers or manipulatives and have them toss their chip in the middle when they contribute. This will prevent some “I just want out of here” attitudes from leaving the meeting without sharing their thinking.
While you are wearing several hats, remember this: Magic doesn’t happen in the office. Magic doesn’t happen in the hallway. Magic doesn’t happen in the data room. Magic doesn’t happen in PLC. Magic happens in the classroom. Using these supports will help your teachers grow, right where they are.
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Preparing to Model & Coteach
Creating a Coaching Support Plan
The Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching: an ebook for coaches
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