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I would like some advice for my first time observation as a Middle School Math Coach.

Nov 15, 2014 9:05am

  • Math
  • 6-9
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 18, 2014 6:11am

      As an administrator I look for rituals and routines of the class. Do your students know to ask three before they ask you? How are problems solved by partners or teams? Is there project based learning which allows time for more application and collaboration? Have you developed signs or signals you give for the class to come together? Is there a competitiveness to get on task and get the job done? Do you frequently use time as a motivator to get started? What kind of praise do you provide or the class provides for a job well done? Are students allowed to take a test /quiz and reflect at the end of it how they felt about the assessment? Do you make students comfortable enough to share their thoughts with their peers and then the whole class? I guess most of all what strategies do you use that takes the fear factor in math down a notch?

      I have asked a lot of questions simply because the teachers you observe will be all over the place in how they present a lesson. Thus, be mindful that an observer wants to see the strategies that work with you as a teacher/coach.

      Best to you,
      Patricia Garrett
      Nov. 19, 2014

      • May 4, 2015 7:14pm

        When I started as an Instructional coach I was able to participate in an ASCD 2 day training titled : Building teachers Capacity for Success, by Michael Hall. It was the best training I have been to and 110% targeted to coaching... I recommend it to all those that are coaching

        • Nov 15, 2014 10:45am

          When I observe I take notes of what the teacher says as well as the students. In doing so the teacher is able to view what transpired and develop their own ideas of what did or did not happen and hopefully come to their own conclusions about what can be done to better his her instruction. If they have difficulty evaluating their own practice you have specific places within the instructional period that you observed in which to point out or drive the discussion. Good luck!

          • Nov 15, 2014 10:48am

            Thanks Monique, but my question was actually referring to "My" observation, so being observed in my role as a Math Coach.

            • Nov 16, 2014 2:04pm

              Thank you Eileen. The advice that I am looking for is on my observation itself. This is my first time being observed as a non-classroom teacher. I am looking for advice on what kind of training I should do for my observation.