When I became an assistant principal, one of the challenging tasks that I have to fulfill with fidelity and consistency is to be an instructional coach/leader to my teachers. It was not an easy job, as some may think. Coaching teachers is more than just "talking" with adults. Coaching requires a great deal of dedication, hard work, patience, uninterrupted time (yes, that's right! ?) and building trusting, non-judgmental, professional relationships.
Some of the tools that I have used to develop my coaching skills included Cognitive Coaching, eGrowe Model with Active Learning Framework and Active Learning best practices, content-based pedagogy and innovative best practices, Differentiation and Scaffolding best practices for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Instruction, and the like.
With the variety of tools, strategies, and resources available online and in face-to-face training sessions or workshops, it is important to identify the goals and expectations that you have in mind and have discussed and shared with your colleagues, especially with the teachers you are to coach. It is also valuable to get their feedback and constructive criticism and use the gathered data to make wiser and more meaningful decisions in choosing the coaching model that will be suit the needs and learning styles of your teachers.
One of the many resources that is quite universal and an be applied at different aspects of coaching is to identify "look fors". This list is only a suggestion, and not set in stone. This list can also serve as a starting point to provide you with an idea in solidifying what you would like to see and what your teachers would like to grow on with regard to providing rigorous and meaningful student learning environments.
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