Professional development is changing. There are numerous new models: blended learning, personalized learning, culturally responsive teaching, and more. There is new technology: learning management systems, apps, websites, and more.

As we ask teachers to adopt these new models and tools it is essential that we provide ongoing and continuous support through instructional coaching. For teachers who are working with an instructional coach, here are four tips to ensure that your experience has a positive impact on you and your students.

4 tips for making your coaching experience impactful

1. Work with a master teacher
Coaching works best when the coach and teacher view their relationship as a thought partnership and see themselves as accountability partners. Amazing things can happen when you pair two thoughtful educators who are willing to do hard work and are energized by their goals. Working with a coach who has extensive experience in the classroom will ensure that you learn new strategies that you might not have been exposed to before. Your challenges, worries, and fears are likely something that your coach will have also experienced. While your coach is not meant to be an expert, working with an educator who has been there and done that will ensure that you learn something new and feel supported as you make shifts in your practice.

About the Author:

Julie Mason is an instructional coach at BetterLesson and supports K-12 teachers across the country to set goals, try new things in their classrooms, and meaningfully reflect on the impact. Prior to coaching, she taught middle and high school English. Mason is passionate about elevating educator voice and shares her strategies and ideas on the BetterLesson blog and through her podcast and website, Classroom Crusaders.


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