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1 What is a Coaching? Coaching is a form of professional learning that integrates effective staff development and successful change management processes through providing a continuous growth process for people at all experience levels. A coach is a critical listener/observer who asks questions, makes observations and offers suggestions that help a teacher to reflect and grow and consciously change practice to best meet all students’ needs. Teacher Coaching is a highly sophisticated form of school-based professional reflective practice. It is a series of conversations designed to assist teachers to extend their personal and professional learning an improve student achievement. (Julie Boyd in School Based Professional Learning, Reflective Practice and Coaching 2000.)

2 Coaching is a way of working with colleagues to support and encourage them in their development. (G Powell, M Chambers, G Baxter 2001) Coaching is about learning, lifelong learning… It is about acting from strength, it is not a process of ‘fixing’ people. (G Hoult, 2005) What is a Coaching? Continued….. In the context of teaching, coaching, frequently referred to as peer coaching, is the assistance that one teacher provides to another in the development of teaching skills, strategies, or techniques generally within a formal 3 part structure. Peer conference, lesson observation and post conference. A Coach helps people see aspects of their performance not visible to them (H Peters 1996)

3 A coach is someone who: (1)sees what others may not see through the high quality of his or her attention or listening, (2) is in the position to step back (or invite participants to step back) from the situation so that they have enough distance from it to get some perspective, (3) helps people see the difference between their intentions and their thinking or actions, and (4) helps people cut through patterns of illusion and self- deception caused by defensive thinking and behaviour. (Robert Hargrove, Masterful Coaching 1995)

4 What does the research say? The best information available about the essential features of teacher professional development suggests: It must be grounded in participant-driven inquiry, reflection, and experimentation It must be collaborative, involving a sharing of knowledge among educators and a focus on teachers’ communities of practice rather than on individual teachers It must be sustained, ongoing, intensive, and supported by modelling, coaching, and the collective solving of specific problems of practice It must be connected to and derived from teachers’ work with their students

5 What does the research say? - continued It must engage teachers in concrete tasks of teaching, assessment, observation, and reflection that illuminate the processes of learning and development It must be connected to other aspects of school change. Coaching, at its best, adheres to these principles: it is grounded in inquiry, collaborative, sustained, connected to and derived from teachers’ work with their students, and tied explicitly to improving practice In any form of coaching, the focus is on the teacher as learner.

6 The core goal of any coaching program is to embed reflective practice and continuous improvement among staff as part of a collaborative, collegial learning environment for the purpose of improving student achievement. Coaching effectiveness is enhanced when: Coaches have regular and sustained time to work with teachers; specific time for planning, observation and reflection should be allocated. Professional Learning Teams of teachers are utilised to enhance coaching. Professional Learning Teams play an integral role in supporting sustained improvement in teacher practice. Teams of teachers may be formed across a single learning area, across a year level, or made up of all the teachers who work with a specific class.

7 Coaching effectiveness is enhanced when: Continued…. Coaches and participating teachers develop professional relationships based on trust, integrity and personal professional excellence. Coaching is strongly connected to and derived from teachers’ work with their students. Coaching is connected to other aspects of school change. Coaches have strong collegial relationships with other coaches and frequent opportunities to share effective strategies.

8 References: The Role of Teacher Mentoring in Educational Reform, Stan Koki US Department Education, ERIC Ed Coaching in Context - A paper written for the Teaching & Learning and Ultranet Coaches Initiative JULIE BOYD URL: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, (c) State of Victoria, DEECD, 2008 Leadership for Learning: Tips for Effective Mentoring and Coaching | K. Brian Dorval, Scott G. Isaken & Ruth B. Noller in Mentoring for Talent Development, 2001 Year Three Report of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative 2008 Written by Diane Brown, Ed.D. Rebecca Reumann-Moore, Ph.D. Roseann Hugh, M.Ed. Jolley Bruce Christman, Ph.D.Morgan Riffer, Research for Action Peer Coaching for Executives, Helen Peters, Training and Development, March 1996


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