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Describe the steps of an "ideal" coaching cycle.

Nov 13, 2014 9:03am

I'm a very new coach. I have focused on relationship building and some other requirements of my job, but I see coaching cycles moving to the forefront very soon. I have ideas about how I'd like to see that go, but I'd love to hear how other coaches make it happen.

  • 9-12
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 14, 2014 10:20pm

      I wish I could give a quick answer to this, but I can tell you that in the February JSD, I'll be publishing an article that lays out our coaching cycle. We see the cycle as having three parts: 1. Identify, when the coach and teacher get a clear picture of reality, identify a student-focussed goal, and identify a teaching strategy to help hit the goal. 2. Learn, when the instructional coach helps the teacher learn the strategy by describing it often with a checklist and by giving the teacher a chance to see it modeled in some way. 3. Improve, when the teacher implements the teaching strategy and the coach and teacher innovate and problem solve until the goal is hit. Sometimes this means trying out different strategies than the one first identified.

      • Nov 16, 2014 8:46am

        A formal coaching cycle typically happens in 3 stages:
        1. Preconference: begins with a conversation that focuses on what students will learn & how / what will be taught. Teacher has the opportunity to ask the coach to focus (look for) a particular thing. This takes about 5- 7 minutes. Clarifications can be discussed.
        2. Observation: Coach observes the lesson through the lens discussed in the preconference. Coach links what is seen/ heard to latest research seen in practice.
        3. Postconference / next steps (about 7-10 minutes): Coach & teacher reflect on the observation. Teacher does most of the talking. Coach recodes what teacher says (during discussion) & shows the teacher where the practice appeared in the lesson & the research. (reinforcing what has been executed well ~ this is called a validation) Coach moves to the coaching point based on what the teacher wants & what she noticed in the observation. This is called an activation.
        Teachers should always leave a post conference happy & energized. The discussion should "lift" their learning.

        • Nov 13, 2014 11:13am

          I am also interested in hearing more about coaching interactions have been less of a cycle and more touch and go. Some of this is the challenge of being assigned to multiple buildings and many teachers, but I know I can have a greater impact if I begin to implement an effective cycle into my practice.

          • Nov 16, 2014 5:57am

            These examples are great. Do you have any other ideas for evidence collection (besides video)?