Learning from Coaching: How Do I Work with an Instructional Coach to Grow as a Teacher?

Learning from Coaching: How Do I Work with an Instructional Coach to Grow as a Teacher?

Learning from Coaching: How Do I Work with an Instructional Coach to Grow as a Teacher?

Learning from Coaching: How Do I Work with an Instructional Coach to Grow as a Teacher?

Synopsis

Every day, new research and technology influence what are considered to be best practices in the classroom. Despite limited time, resources, and support, teachers are expected to implement new standards and practices with expertise. A coach can be a much-needed partner in navigating changes and challenges, helping teachers handle a variety of instructional issues. In Learning From Coaching, educator and instructional coach Nina Morel addresses the benefits of coaching along with common questions and concerns teachers have about entering into coaching relationships. Readers will discover practical strategies for working with a coach, including how to

• Construct and strengthen a coaching relationship.

• Make time in the school day for coaching.

• Set goals, document and evaluate success.

• Troubleshoot potential pitfalls.

Coaching relationships can enhance school culture, teacher satisfaction, professional growth, and student achievement. Through working with a coach, teachers can find support as they think more deeply about their work, set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals.

Excerpt

Congratulations! You’re embarking on an incredibly important journey with a colleague to help navigate the continual changes that are inherent in education. A coaching relationship, if entered into with thoughtfulness and intention on the part of you and your coach, can help you become and continue to be the best educator and leader you can be. This publication will deepen your understanding of the purpose of coaching, the teacher-coach relationship, and the responsibilities you have to each other.

You made the decision to enter what I consider the most challenging profession on Earth: teaching. Good teachers manage to cultivate deep personal relationships with their students while also demonstrating their content knowledge and pedagogical expertise in a very public setting. This in itself is emotionally and intellectually challenging. To complicate matters, though, new technology and research about the brain and learning continually impact and redefine &“best practices” in the classroom. Teachers—who have very little time for additional study and training—are expected to implement these practices with expertise. On top of that, many teachers work in school environments with limited resources and have students with diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Ultimately, teachers’ roles . . .

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