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?
"I’ve heard that some teachers get to know what their scores are, while other organizations only share the range in which their teachers scored. Is one way right?"
There are so many dimensions I want to work on, and just so little time! And what happens when I think we should focus more on one dimension, and my teacher really wants to spend time looking at another?
I know that CLASS isn’t a punitive measure, but it seems like she doesn’t believe that.
It would be awesome to get all 7s, but I don’t want to set the bar too high. Incremental change is good, right?
We’re already doing a lot of talking in our conferences, but I’m not sure that I’m making an impact on the way she interacts with the children in her classroom.
If you are asking yourself any of those questions, you are not alone. In fact, hundreds of coaches, mentors, and administrators have asked those very same questions to us. That’s why we created Feedback Strategies Training to help you pair your professional development plans with the data collected during CLASS observations.
In this all-day training, CLASS specialists address these questions (and more!) and provide you with tips and strategies to help lead meaningful and impactful conferences with teachers.
So, what can you expect during the training? Well, Feedback Strategies is not a sit back and relax type of training! Be prepared to put all your new information into practice, and engage in a mock conference. And, what is a CLASS training without videos? You won’t see the videos featured in this training in any of Teachstone’s other products and services. These clips feature three unique feedback sessions between a coach and teacher. Watching the coaching conversations will help everyone in Feedback Strategies take a deep dive into the feedback process.
Trainings are happening all across the United States as our regional events, be sure to sign up for a training near you. See you there!
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Imagine classrooms filled with children who are comfortable taking risks, sharing ideas, and working cooperatively with their peers. Can this become the norm in classrooms across the nation? Yes, because this is what consistent and effective Teacher Sensitivity (TS) cultivates in the classroom. Research tells us that teachers who are aware of and respond to each child, supportively facilitate the ability of all children in the classroom to explore actively and learn.
If you've ever been through a CLASS Observation training, you are probably familiar with the graphic below. Research tells us that improving teacher-child interactions is a process that includes many pieces.
The first step is to identify a teacher’s strengths and opportunities for growth, which can be done through a CLASS observation. Once you have this data, you can share it with teachers through a formal report, a face-to-face conference, or a feedback session. You’re off to a great start, but now what?
Educators learning about CLASS® are asked to narrate their actions and sportscast their children’s experiences in order to support and encourage healthy language development. Hearing this, many may wonder, “Will people think I’m weird if I start talking to myself in the classroom?”
The answer is no. Self- and parallel talk are beneficial strategies for educators to engage in because they strengthen language rich environments and enhance vocabulary development, all while supporting effective relationship building between teachers and children.