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  1. 1. 21st Century<br />Coaching<br />Mike Fisher<br />Instructional Coach & Educational Consultant<br /><br /><br />
  2. 2. Considerations:<br />Coaching in the 21st Century continues to focus on making a difference for teachers in an individual and targeted way. More than mass audience professional development, instructional coaching impacts teachers’ attitudes, their practice, and ultimately, student achievement.<br />With the collaborative tools that are now available, it’s easier than ever to foster coaching relationships and build successful frameworks of instructional practice, for both teachers and students.<br />
  3. 3. Discuss implementation and data collected<br />Reflect on successes and impact<br />Transform future practice<br />Develop Relationships<br />Understand Needs<br />Interviews and Conversations<br />The Basic Cycle:<br />Identify Focus: Management, Content, Methodology, or Assessment<br />Create Multi-Step Success plan or checklist<br />Get On Board<br />Develop A Plan<br />Implement the Plan<br />Reflect and Transform<br />Continued Conversations<br />Observe<br />Model<br />Co-Teach<br />Collect Data<br />
  4. 4. Develop Relationships<br />Understand Needs<br />Interviews and Conversations<br />Engaging with 21st Century Tools:<br />Get On Board<br /><ul><li> Personal Emails
  5. 5. Interest / Engagement Surveys (Using Google Forms or online Surveys)
  6. 6. Skype for building rapport and informal conversations
  7. 7. Google Wave for 1:1 or small group conversations</li></li></ul><li>Identify Focus: Management, Content, Methodology, or Assessment<br />Create Multi-Step Success plan or checklist<br />Engaging with 21st Century Tools:<br />Develop A Plan<br /><ul><li>Use social bookmarking to share resources
  8. 8. Invite into Wiki or Ning (such as Jim Knight’s The Big Four)
  9. 9. Use Google Docs or other collaborative writing tool to “meet without meeting.”
  10. 10. Use Google Tasks or other web tool to develop checklists
  11. 11. iPod apps are available as well, such as “43 things” & “Make it Happen.”</li></li></ul><li>Engaging with 21st Century Tools:<br />After the coaching cycle:<br /><ul><li>Online tools make continuing conversations easier and more convenient.
  12. 12. A Coaching Cycle that might normally terminate could easily be renewed with continued interactions through these tools.</li></ul>During the coaching cycle:<br /><ul><li>Remember that the integration or introduction of the tool is peripheral to the process.
  13. 13. Opportunities that build on prior knowledge (just like the students!) are more effective.
  14. 14. Blogging may be a good way to interact and to reflect in the moment.</li></li></ul><li>Updating Skills:<br />Using these technology tools also facilitates the learning of new skills related to using technology.<br />The more comfortable teachers are with these interactive technologies, the more likely they are to use them with their students to create both local and global connections to further maximize learning opportunities.<br />
  15. 15. Further Considerations:<br />While the technology opens up a new dimension of interactivity and collaborative conversation, it also opens up trepidation and discomfort.<br />The coaching situation is not one in which we should roll out 25 different interactive tools. If we are going to use these technologies, we need to use them within a zone of comfort. Meaning, JUST ONE AT A TIME.<br />The focus of coaching is primarily about affecting student achievement, improving professional practice, and then, perhaps, developing related skills around 21st Century Skills.<br />
  16. 16. Links:<br /><ul><li> – Online collaborative documents
  17. 17. - Textual, Audio, and Video Interactions
  18. 18. - Personalized networking, facebook –like interface
  19. 19. - Collaborative, easy to use website
  20. 20. - Like Etherpad, easy to use collaborative docs
  21. 21. - Personalized Twitter like service
  22. 22. - Interactive collaborative service
  23. 23. - Jim Knight’s Coaching Ning
  24. 24. - Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ 21st Century Ning
  25. 25. - Google’s Calendar
  26. 26. - Tasks/Checklist application
  27. 27. - private collaboration and sharing site</li></li></ul><li>Resources:<br />Kise, Jane A. G. Differentiated Coaching: a Framework for Helping Teachers Change. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2006. Print. Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse. Web. 26 Mar. 2010. <<br /> /instructional_coach.html>.<br />Knight, Jim, ed. Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin, 2009. Print.<br />Knight, Jim. Instructional Coaching: a Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction. Thousand Oaks, CA: NSDC, 2007. Print.<br />Steiner, Lucy and Julie Kowal. “Instructional Coaching.” The Center for Comprehensive School Improvement Issue Brief. Learning Point Associates. September, 2007.<br />