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.
Being an instructional coach or mentor is difficult. Sometimes it may feel like you don't have any support—especially when it comes to providing effective feedback to the teachers you work with. Have you, as a coach, ever asked yourself any of the following questions?
CLASS Specialists are always thinking about the complexity of the CLASS tool as we prepare for our trainings. As a trained CLASS observer, I am comfortable observing and recognizing quality interactions that fit in the tool. But I needed a strategy to convey this information to those who may not be as familiar with the tool.
As it turns out, using an analogy is a perfect way to make the complex relatable, less overwhelming, and more familiar to our participants.