Chapter 2: What Does Coaching Look Like?
Instructional Coaching is a partnership. There's really no simpler way to explain it. As a coach, I work alongside teachers as we work together to impact the teaching and learning that occurs in their classroom. What we focus on is entirely up to the classroom teacher. They are in the driver's seat. While the teachers are determining their desired coaching path, I focus on high-leverage practices that will impact the area (behavior, content knowledge, direct instruction, or formative assessment) teachers want to work on. In chapter two, Knight shares five actions coaches can take to accelerate teacher learning:
4. Providing Feedback
5. Providing Support
To be an effective coach, it isn't enough to simply know a lot about teaching, you also have to establish emotional connections. Whether you have been in your building for years or just a few months, you need to take time upfront to establish these connections. Once the relationships are there, the "heavy coaching" or coaching cycles that focus on discovering answers to the challenges present in a teacher's classroom can occur.