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What are some ways a coach can help a teacher become aware of a practice that probably should be replaced or refined to become more effective, without coming across as being evaluative?

Nov 11, 2014 1:31pm

  • Coaching / New Teachers


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    • Nov 14, 2014 12:06pm

      I would always start with a student need. If there is a student need for x, how is your current practice meeting that need? How is it not meeting the need? What might need to be revised in the practice to better meet the students needs? The teacher's answers may lead you to the replacement practice. Then it seems like their idea!

      • Nov 16, 2014 6:59am

        Show the teacher what you see that is reflected in the research. Always start with an affirmation. Move on from there.

        • Nov 14, 2014 8:21pm

          Hi Melissa, I think J Tiggs below is right on. IF the teacher watches video it can really open the conversation and take you out of the role of being an evaluator. I like Michelle's ideas too.

          • Dec 27, 2014 7:09pm

            These are all great ideas! Another thing you might consider is to talk about the specific area of growth (literacy for example) with the teacher and have her/him come up with a list of best practices she/he uses, then share your ideas of best practices in the same area. Move into a more constructive conversation about best ways to support the students in the classroom/school.