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How do you foster and encourage reflective conversations about teaching with teachers who are reluctant to begin dialoguing.

Nov 8, 2014 7:38am

I am a ELA coach. This is a new role in our District. Coaches and teachers are still working out what this relationship should look like.

  • English Language Arts
  • K-5
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 8, 2014 8:14am

      start with students in mind and the work they do

      • Nov 8, 2014 8:22am

        I would suggest doing a needs assessment. Have teachers look at standards and their data to determine areas they may need additional support to build students' understanding. From there, I would look at reading as a whole--how are the students doing with phonics and spelling, reading accuracy and fluency, and comprehension? Look at the students' ability to apply these skills to content area literacy as well. Talk to your administrator to see what they see as needs for literacy in your school. This may help differentiate based on their walk-throughs and observations. Let your needs assessment guide your plan.

        • Nov 9, 2014 8:09am

          You may also have to create some experiences to dialogue about. If possible, arrange for some students to attend a department meeting, and conduct a small group lesson there....bring your colleagues into a classroom and try a new lesson or method, reaching deep into the Common Core....or, even watch a video (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has some great video on vimeo) - then talk about it....