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.
"I’ve just begun my journey into the world of coaching. I am eager and excited about this opportunity to help pave the way for more effective teaching. I’ve recently been given my list of classrooms that I will be working with and I’m anxious to get started. I get ready to meet my first teacher, Ms. Linda, and I just know that she will be excited to meet me and we will form an instant bond and work together for the benefit of the children in that classroom.
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?