The White Paper goes on to quote from Harry Wong:
Coaching is customized and focused on providing instruction on what needs to be accomplished. Coaches tailor support, assess each teacher's progress with observations, use interviews and surveys and have follow-up visits. Teachers feel more motivated and responsible to act on new skills because coaching makes them personalized and customized on an ongoing basis.Effective coaching has 3 components: context, relevance and ongoing. In previous schools I've coached teachers to take a leading role in using technology within their units of inquiry. The coaching happens during the planning stages where we have discussed what might be possible, immediately before the lessons so teachers feel comfortable with the technology and tools they are using, during the lessons when they are using the technology with their students and after their lessons as we discuss what went well and what could be improved upon next time.
Teachers who use technology for their own professional learning are more likely to use it in their classrooms to improve student learning, so another aspect of my role since coming to the school has been to try to connect teachers with one another using social media (mostly through blogging and micro-blogging) . Social media is a powerful tool for professional development: building a community with others who have similar interests, perhaps teachers who teach the same grade level or subject or teachers in other PYP schools who are doing similar units of inquiry, is powerful professional development.
As I read through the White Paper I'll be blogging more in the next few days about my ideas on how I can provide more effective professional development to our teachers through coaching.
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