Coaching the Coaches: the Benefits of Instructional Coaches

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 [...]

Coaching the Players: Teaching the Teachers

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 [...]

 The Hidden Secret to Success With Instructional Coaching

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 [...]

Instructional Coaching: Finding Your Purpose

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 [...]

The Problem in Urban Schools- Stop Teaching to the Test

"I mean even though I taught all of the standards last semester, but I don't feel like my kids learned anything!" These were the words one of the teachers who I support as an Instructional Coach said to me  as we sat in her classroom after school discussed all things teaching and learning. This wasn't [...]