I take a break from generating a new blog and podcast as each year ends and a new one begins. For the break, I pull some past blogs and podcasts that I think are worth another look or listen. Hope you are finding some refreshing and reflecting moments these days. I’ll be back to writing and recording next week.
I decided to revisit peer coaching after hearing from a school leadership team that is planning to reinforce the topic with their staff as they start back with a staff professional learning day.
A group of teacher and administrator leaders will guide the activity beginning with these reminders.
What do Peer Coaches do? What is the role of a Peer Coach?
- Peer Coaches are NOT mentors or experts.
- They are NOT evaluating their peer
- They are good listeners and ask probing questions
- Peer Coaches focus on what the coachee identifies and wants feedback on. They are data collectors/ an extra set of eyes for the teacher.
- A pre-conference is crucial for peer coaching. What do you want the coach to provide feedback on?
- A peer coaching session is rarely a full period. It can and should be as short or long as needed
- Coaching is assisting someone who is already able. It acknowledges the coachee’s capabilities.
- Mentoring focuses on what the mentor knows. Coaching is solely focused on what the coachee wants to know, accomplish, or improve.
For your reflection:
Blog- Peer Coaching Payoffs
Podcast- Reflection as an Element of Co-Teaching
Hear how a co-teaching team implements elements of peer coaching into their planning, teaching, & debriefing process. Reflection is continually increased throughout the process. The role of vulnerability and trust are explored.
Podcast- Strengthening Teacher Professional Learning: PLC’s and Coaching
The role of teacher collaboration and coaching practices are important for the implementation of new curriculum and the work of instructional coaches.