Patrick's progress log
As an instructional coach for grades 6-12 math teachers in my district, I want to use this log as a reminder for myself of things I need to be doing that I feel will continuously help teachers grow in their capacity for mathematics and stretch them outside their comfort zone in changing teaching practices:
1. Ask each teacher what their dream math class looks like. What are students doing? What is the teacher doing? Use that as the “true north” when providing coaching for that teacher.
2. Have each teacher craft (and post in their rooms) their own mission statement / their “why” for what they hope to achieve in each student long-term
3. Ask the question “what’s bugging you most about your classroom right now?” often to reveal what on that teacher’s mind currently — that’s an area to offer my targeted coaching assistance.
4. Ask the question “what else?” and use the “5 whys” strategy often to help teachers talk more than I do during our coaching conversations. Use their own experience and innovation to problem-solve instead of always giving them an answer they may not want.
5. Use student data from various assessments to plan spiraling activities with teachers.
6. Co-teach a lesson at least once each month
7. Celebrate each teacher I work with at least once every two weeks by handwritten note or email acknowledgement.
8. Remember that videos and classroom walkthroughs are awesome ways for teachers to share strategies and grow. Use them often!