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How do you balance helping colleagues who are struggling with informing administrators how things are going without feeling disloyal to both?

Nov 9, 2014 2:02pm

I am in a newly created position of Math Specialist in my district asked to help our teachers improve their Math instruction. Administrators want to know how teachers are doing, but sometimes I feel I am being disloyal when I tell the truth.

  • Math
  • K-5
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 9, 2014 11:11pm

      A few thoughts:
      -Balance your feedback so that it always includes something positive as well as areas that need work on.
      -If you are reporting back to the administration something that you feel is disloyal, make sure to discuss it with the teacher as well.
      -Pick out things that will benefit the teacher and his/her students the most by being shared with the administration, even if it something the teacher needs work on, so that there can be a positive outcome to having the issues brought to the attention of administrators.

      • Nov 14, 2014 11:12pm

        I like Elena's answer. We often say that what is most important is that everyone knows what will be shared and what will not be shared. That means that when a coach sits down with a teacher, the teacher is clear on what will and will not be shared. My advice is that the coach never share evaluative feedback, but that is ultimately determined either by school or district leaders. The reality is, though, if a coach shares evaluative information, it can damage the trust the Elena describes. Here's a blog I wrote on the topic: