A significant part of my current graduate class on instructional coaching included working with on a multi-week coaching project, one aspect of which was working with another educator to improve the effectiveness of an existing lesson. This was an opportunity to practice coaching skills and to personalize and adapt instruction
For general education teachers, full differentiation and inclusion may seem like an impossible but necessary task. Differentiation is not an onerous additional task. Differentiating as a gen ed teacher with no time is completely possible, but requires some shifts in how we use our time, and in how we think about differentiation.
As schools balance the need for ongoing teacher education with the time and monetary costs of professional development, it is important to ask questions about evidence based best practices in teacher training, such as is it best to use experts from within the district to conduct trainings or to use outside experts.
If remote teaching has taught us anything, it is that some meetings definitely could have been emails, and some trainings work better digitally. Distance learning has demonstrated that the traditional method of gathering educators in a large room with gallons of coffee, uncomfortable ice-breakers, and a Power Point is not
Every teacher training I have ever attended begins with an icebreaker. Despite being an extrovert, I hate icebreakers, as do many teachers and we are long overdue for a change. An examination of icebreakers as they are currently used in coaching is essential to build a strong foundation for ISTE
Do the most commonly recommended k-12 student learning focused technology tools include built in capabilities that promote responsible digital use and citizenship? “The crisis caused by COVID-19 has facilitated the creation of alternative and varied environments to search for information, consume content, and create and share content, as well as
In classrooms around the world, hours of thought and care are evident in the classroom systems, rituals and routines. Each minute of instruction reflects the teacher’s expertise and education. However, it is unlikely that many of us have seriously considered communicating the reasoning behind our choices during each of those
ISTE Is the International Society for Technology in Education, and publishes a series of 7 standards for technology coaches, which are available at the ISTE Coaching Standards site. The Coaching Standards are as follows: Change Agent Connected Learner Collaborator Learning Designer Professional Learning Facilitator Data-Driven Decision Maker Digital Citizen Advocate