Instructional vs. Student Centered Coaching

When moving high leverage practices from professional development sessions into the classroom, teachers need consistent support, actionable steps, and time to reflect on the implementation. Student centered coaching, coupled with professional development and traditional instructional coaching allows teachers to receive the necessary support to implement new strategies effectively and efficiently.

Instructional Coaching:

Focusing on real, relevant reflection of teaching practices allows educators the opportunity to grow.  Reflection provides a platform for determining strengths, weakness, and next steps. Teachers are able to ask for the professional development they need to cultivate confidence and promote teacher leadership.

  • Focus on ongoing professional learning opportunities.
    • Expanding content/curriculum knowledge.
    • Expanding knowledge of effective teaching practices.
      • Understanding ways to effectively integrate use of technology into the classroom
      • Establishing rules, procedures
      • Establishing repoire with students, parents, and colleagues
      • Improving time management
  • Focus on feedback to help the teacher move forward.
  • Focus on valuing the teacher, their classroom, and their individual growth goals.

Student Centered Coaching:

Focusing on student engagement and interactions in the classroom creates a non-threatening environment between teacher and coach.  After observing student successes and challenges in the classroom, an open and ongoing discussion about best practices can begin.

  • Focus on student engagement and interaction in the classroom.
  • Focus on implementing best practices in the classroom.
    • Established procedures, routines, and clearly defined expectations
    • Structured engagement routines
    • Instructional routines
  • Focus on Small group instruction and differentiating instruction.
  • Focus on using metrics from data reports to inform instruction.
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