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    Coaching to Transform Teaching

     
     Coaching003 What is Coaching?
     
    "Coaching is not a quick fix, but it can be a real fix - a powerful way to help teachers and students be more successful."
    -Jill Jackson, Jackson Consulting
     
    Coaching is a process that engages the essential trio: Principal, Teacher, and Coach in supporting instructional change. The trio focuses on instructional practice that will impact student achievement. The coach is the teacher’s and principal’s tool to make it all happen.
     
    TOGETHER WE WILL IDENTIFY THE INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS AND HOW WE'LL WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN INSTRUCTION. WE WILL IMPLEMENT ONE OR MORE OF THE COACHING MODELS, AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
     
    A coach is one who helps teachers to recognize what they know and can do, assists teachers as they strengthen their ability to make more effective use of what they know and do, and supports teachers as they learn more and do more. Cathy Toll, Literacy Coaches Survival Guide
     
     
    Why Coaching? 
     
    Coaching002 Effective teaching comes down to four things:
    • Classroom management
    • Student engagement
    • Lesson planning and preparation
    • Lesson delivery
     
    When teachers refine their skills in these areas, student achievement improves. Coaching is the process by which principals, teachers, and coaches work together to develop, implement, and support these critical features of instruction.
     

    Steps in the Coaching Process

     
     Step 1
    • Pre-conversation with coach and teacher
    • Follow-up on the professional development
    • Establish a clear focus for coaching tied to the professional development
    • Select the coaching model together
    • Establish the who, what, when, where, and how
     Step 2
    • Collect data
    • Carry out the coaching model in the classroom
    • Collect data during the session
     Step 3
    • Prompt reflection
    • Talk about the classroom session
    •  Review the data and reflect on the meaning
    • Provide recommendations
    • Plan for next time
     
     

    Ways to coach: models for coaching

     
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    Coach demonstrates lesson while teacher watches
    Meet for mutual reflection on lesson and determine teacher’s next steps
     
    Observation
    Coach observes educator teaching pre-selected lesson with
    pre-determined focus
    Meet for mutual reflection on lesson and next steps
     
    Side-by-side
    Both coach and teacher study and prepare for a pre-determined lesson
    Teacher assumes lead role, with coach assisting via demonstration, correction and/or reinforcement of specific aspects of the lesson
    Meet for mutual reflection on lesson and next steps
     
    Co-Observation
    Coach and teacher observe together another teacher who
    demonstrates mastery in the identified area of focus
    Meet for mutual reflection on lesson and next stops
     
     
     
    Contact Us
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    Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center
    1819 E. Milham Avenue | Portage, MI  49002
     
    Tel: 269.250.9210 | Fax: 269.250.9211
     
    Margie McGlinchey
    Assistant Superintendent of Instruction 
     
     
     

     
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