Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
You're in a coaching session trying to help your teacher understand how to be more intentional in her interactions with children in the dimension of Concept Development. When you start to explain what analysis and reasoning look like, she looks at you with that quizzical look in her eye. You suggest, “Let’s look at the Dimension Guide on page 19 and let’s read these informational paragraphs.
That’s a great start, but what would you do next? How can you make the text in the Dimensions Guide come alive? How do you get a teacher excited about Instructional Support when the concepts seem dry, or—dare I say—boring?
It’s not an uncommon challenge. That’s why Teachstone offers Instructional Support Strategies (ISS) at all of our regional trainings.
This training is geared for coaches, center directors, or professional growth providers looking for creative and engaging ways to get teachers to buy into the CLASS tool—specifically in the domain of Instructional Support.
In this all day training you will learn eight concrete strategies to not only increase teacher’s understanding of the Instructional support domain, but also how to identify effective interactions using the video library. Instructional Support Strategies will guide you to provide a learning environment that is engaging and will increase your teachers desire to learn.
Want an added bonus? You will leave this training with a deepened understanding of the Instructional support interactions as well.
This training is hands on. You will learn and practice the use role-play, Video Library resources, and reflective questioning. Trainees also work on lesson plans to enhance Language Modeling, Quality of Feedback, and Concept Development interactions between teachers and children.
I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but you can look forward to playing with a few Legos® and Play-Doh as you talk about Quality of Feedback.
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
Since the coronavirus has disrupted many of our in-person plans, you might be trying to figure out how you can transition in-person coaching to online coaching. Online coaching can open a number of doors for coaches and teachers that might not be an option in face-to-face work.
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