I've received a number of emails asking for advice when coaching new teachers--especially during these often challenging fall months. Let's start with considering what new teachers need...
A question I'm often asked at this time of year when relationships are being formed is: How can I gain the trust of the teachers I'm working with?
Any new coaches out there? Coaching is a wonderfully exciting and complicated craft, and one that can feel overwhelmingly complex when we first step into it.
Here's another blog by my colleague, Anna Martin. Last year (12-13) she was formally an instructional coach, but ended up intentionally engaging one of her clients in leadership coaching.
This month I have a special treat for you! Anna Martin, an instructional coach in the Oakland Unified School District, will be my guest blogger. I asked her to write about the experience of creating these End of Year (EOY) reports, and so here are her thoughts.
My understanding of coaching deepens with every year I coach. After this last year, I'm firming up my conviction that strategic planning is a key activity for a coach to be successful.
Join me today on EdWeek Teacher for a live text-based chat about instructional coaching!
I get a lot of requests for advice from coaches who deliver PD. Questions include: How do you engage all teachers when a small set don't want to be there?
I'm in an argument with my central office supervisors over the direction that our coaching program is going. They would like to link coaching with teacher evaluation and often talk about coaching as something to do to ineffective teachers.
One of the questions I receive most often is: "How did you get into coaching? How did you become a coach?"