Instructional Coaches and Classroom Teachers: Sharing the Road to Success will be helpful to principals and coaches planning to maximize the value of coaching. But the strongest payoff is that the book is written for teachers. In my comments that I wrote for the book’s cover, I noted that most teacher training programs, new teacher orientations, and professional development activities, do not prepare teachers to “make the most” of an instructional coach resource.
Here are a few quotes that will give you a sense of Mary’s and Cheryl’s message.
“Coaching is a two way street for inspiration—you will find you receive inspiration from and provide inspiration for, those you partner with in coaching activities. Coaching does not entertain any notions of perfection, performance, or evaluation.”
“Coaching builds upon the power of collaboration and provides opportunities to explore and examine our beliefs in the company of others.”
“Relationships are at the heart of coaching”
“Coaching offers something to every teacher—from the beginner to the seasoned veteran.”
Throughout the book you will hear Cheryl’s and Mary’s personal experiences as teachers, coaches, and school leaders. You’ll hear the voices of teachers. You’ll find opportunities for your own reflection, plus research and appendices of resources that support coaching activities.
Those of you working with Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching will find Instructional Coaches and Classroom Teachers a valuable complementary text.