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For the teachers who seem to need coaching in almost every aspect of teaching, how do you narrow down to focus in on one or two things?

Nov 10, 2014 9:11pm

  • Arts / Other
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 10, 2014 11:50pm

      I agree with J Tiggs. Although I am a STEM focused instructional coach, I have to pick the most logical first step that will have the greatest impact on instruction. For example, although classroom management is not STEM focused, I sometimes need to start there if I think it will impact the classroom the most. I color code my scripts after observing a lesson to help hone in on the most important thing. I hi-light teacher talk in pink, student talk (productive) in blue, activities in green, questions in yellow, and behavior management in orange. It is a great visual.

      • Nov 11, 2014 4:22am

        I agree that high impact strategies, probably classroom management are a great place to start. I'd also recommend having the teacher make a choice about where he/she would like to start within some options.

        • Nov 10, 2014 9:56pm

          My thought would be to figure out what would have the most positive impact on students. If you take one goal at a time, it might be easier for that person to wrap their head around actually doing. The person could become even more overwhelmed that I suspect they are if given too many foci.

          • May 9, 2015 9:39pm

            I'd start with a review of the teacher's strengths and areas that are challenges. When completed I'd also ask the teacher if he/she would be open to my observations to add to the strengths/challenges review.

            Once we've generated the list, I'd ask the teacher, "Of all the things we've noted, which one is most important to you to work on?" I'd also probe more deeply about "what's important about that particular area?"

            Then, we'd work out a plan as to how to go about working on that area as well as visiting the other areas.

            My goal as a coach is to make sure the teacher feels completely in charge of what's important.