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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

 
DemonstrationCoaching004
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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