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  • George Garza

    April 10, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve worked with a number of coaches, I’ve noticed that the best have the same basic traits, it’s a similar skillset to being a good teacher.

    1) You’ve got to get to know your teachers, this builds trust, and allows you to help them specifically where they need help.

    2) Help your teachers set goals for themselves, in fact, it’d probably be good to have the department/grade/site set a goal. You can help set the goal, but you shouldn’t dictate what the goal is. You are there to help them be better teachers, not add complications to their lives. Besides, if it’s a goal that is forced on them, they will be zero effort on their own in working towards the goal.

    3) Be reliable and make it clear, in word and deed, that you’re goal is to make them better teachers, and, ultimately to help the kids.

    4) Be flexible, and meet the teachers where they are at.

    Overall it just takes time. If you’ve been at the school for 14 years, then you know most of the teachers, and they can help vouch for you with the newer ones. Just make sure you are intentional in your interactions, and are constantly checking in with them.

    Hang in there!