Have you ever thought about the role of instructional coaches? There are various models and expectations that instructional coaches have across different school districts. According to one school district, a few job descriptors for an instructional coach include: working with teachers to provide research-based instruction based on the school improvement plan and model effective instructional [...]
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Many teachers consider themselves to be coaches rather than just instructors. We are not just imparting knowledge, but we are there to mentor our students and develop them into becoming better thinkers, writers, readers, doers. We don't bark orders, rather we kneel down and workshop papers and assist in labs and calculations. It is reasonable to [...]
By Terri Froiland In my six years as an instructional coach, I have been fortunate to have been given a great deal of professional development in a variety of coaching models, from invitational coaching to transformational coaching. As I have been trained in various models, I have worked hard to adapt and learn the new [...]
Introduction Welcome to Episode 23 Season one of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca discusses the need for instructional coaches in all schools. Being an Instructional Coach is one of the most difficult jobs in a school. While you're still a teacher, you're responsible for delivering professional learning to teachers. Listen to the podcast here. [...]
You clear your throat. "Today we're going to learn how to monitor data in our classrooms.." You look around the room and 20 pairs of eyes are looking at you waiting for you to finish your sentence. "..and how to increase student achievement at our school." As you turn around to grab your handouts you [...]
As I sat at my desk and fumed all I could say to myself was, "I did not sign up for this. This is not how you treat others!" The longer I repeated those words the angrier I became and before long I was hurriedly typing away an email to my principal about my interaction with that [...]
Note: This idea came to me upon receiving my promotion as an Instructional Coach. A close friend gave me a (Sports Coach) whistle, along with a great card and a balloon to help me celebrate. I keep my whistle hanging in my office right next to my calendar to remind me of the similarities in [...]
Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers "off the ledge" and not losing your teaching credibility. On one hand you’re still a teacher because many times you find yourself in classrooms helping a teacher with a particular lesson, but other times [...]
This year I did what many teachers fear the most, I went over to the dark side of school administration in the form of being an Instructional Coach. As I transitioned into this role,I thought surely that this would give me more time to reflect and "cool my heels" -things that I rarely were able [...]
Becoming a principal was a goal and dream of mine. I started as a classroom teacher, and a few years later, I returned to graduate school to receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership. Afterward, a principal job was a few years away, but I quickly found an assistant principal position. It was [...]