Teacher Coaching and Support
Teaching is a complex. Strong teaching includes a dense list of practices towards a myriad of long term objectives and then scoped and sequenced into a minute by minute plan. Further, teachers must be prepared to make moves based on the skills and understanding not only of the entire class, but of the individual student need at the moment. Teaching is really, really complex. Strong teaching is not a checklist. It is an algorithm of practices used in the right way and at the right moment. There is research on practices that have more weight and less weight based and their practices teachers really shouldn’t do. (Check out the work of John Hattie https://visible-learning.org/) But given teaching’s complexity, what is the best way to support a teacher’s journey in growing his or her practice?
27J understands and respects that all of us are accountable for student achievement and for meeting professional standards and we understand that teaching is fundamentally about learning and growing a practice, that mastery is the goal but is never perfected. 27J understands that the best practitioners are life-long professional learners who work every day to be better for their students.
With this is mind, we expect our school administrators to be instructional coaches, in the classroom supporting teachers in growing their practice. We expect teachers to bring a “Growth Mindset” to their practice every day. (See researcher Carol Dweck talk about Growth Mindset https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve) We support these beliefs in our innovative evaluation system that focuses the teacher and the evaluator on growth. Check out our evaluation system in this website.