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Instructional Coaching

A partnership approach to instructional, and technology, coaching based on a four day workshop I attended facilitated by the author, Jim Knight.

Matt Granger

on 5 June 2014

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Transcript of Instructional Coaching

A Partnership Approach to
Improving Instruction

Instructional Coaching
Most people don't want our help
Simple Truth #1
When you criticize what people do, you criticize them.
Simple Truth #2
If we do the thinking, it engenders resistance
Simple Truth # 3
Status matters
Simple Truth # 4
It has to be a personally compelling (relevant) goal to engender change
Simple Truth #5
direction sheets
Based on the Teachings of the book By Jim Knight
I don't need help
Waiting for the balance to tip
until it becomes habit
drop the ball and start over
each time a little stronger
Change happens
Prochaska, J.O, Norcross, J.C., DiClemente, C.C. (1994). Changing for Good. New York: Avon Books.
Stone, D., Paton, P.M., & Heen, S. (1999).
Conversations. New York: Penguin-Putnam.
It attacks their identity.
Don't want to try because of fear of failure
Feeling incompetent
Digital Immigrant
Thinking workers want autonomy
They want to be part of the thinking
Davenport, T.H. (2005). Thinking for a Living:How to Get Better Performance and Results From Knowledge Workers. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
Just by saying, "I can help you with that," puts them down and you up
Must come as equal or lower
This is what the research says (here is this tool, etc). What do you think about that?
How will that work with your students?
Schein, E.H. (1992). Organizational Culture and Leadership. San Francisco: Joey-Bass.
Pink, D.H. (2009). Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Cambridge, MA: Riverside.
d58 crew
Instructional goal?
Letter from student
No choice about growing and learning, but choices about how and when they want to learn
Professional learning should empower and respect the voices of teachers
"How can we make this (tool, strategy, skill, project, etc) work in your classroom?"
Take unconscious skills and make them visible
Frey, N., Fisher, D., & Gonzales, A. (2010).
Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
Stop thinking about technology in terms of nouns (Prezi, SMART Board, Twitter, YouTube), instead, think in terms of verbs (create, communicate, collaborate)
"A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
My Summer Project

Tie technology use to Danielson rubric for exceptional ratings.
Four most important functions
Schedule them
Big rocks first
important vs. urgent
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