Mentoring and Coaching: Feedback for Better Teaching. Presented by Schauna Findlay, ph.d. Mentoring and Coaching: Session Overview.
Presented by Schauna Findlay, ph.d.
Research has identified many benefits of for teachers. Some of them are
Asking the right question is at the heart of effective communication. By using the right questions, you can improve a range of communications skills: for example, you can collect more specific information, build stronger relationships, support people more effectively and lead others to become more self-reflective.
Tip: If you find it difficult to focus on what someone is saying, try repeating their words mentally as they say them - this will reinforce their words in your memory and help you control mind drift. You may also need to keep notes of the coachee’s responses.
Why would this be important?
Paraphrasing is restating what the other person said in an objective manner even when emotions may be interfering. It can also provide the coach time to process the teacher's response and develop the next question.
Sample phrases that can be used in the paraphrasing process:
Summarizing information ensures that both participants in the conference are clear about what has been discussed and any decisions that have been made. Like paraphrasing, it also provides opportunities for the coach to provide academic feedback to the coachee.
Examples of starter phrases that lead to a summarizing statement:
Nonverbal communication is facial expressions, such as, smiles, gestures, eye contact, and even one’s posture.
5th Grade Math Quadrilateral Pre-conference
Sample Pre-Conference Questions
If students will be in groups…
Skills of Effective Coaching Clip 3
How do you or can you use reflection journals as a way to coach teachers?
In what ways do you use walk-through debriefs to coach teachers?Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up