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Coaching & Mentoring. Dr. Ruth Kane. Huston - Tillotson Educator Preparation Program Cooperating Teacher Training. Cooperating Teacher Training. All exercises MUST be submitted to: [email protected]

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coaching mentoring

Dr. Ruth Kane

Huston - Tillotson Educator Preparation Program

Cooperating Teacher Training

cooperating teacher training
Cooperating Teacher Training

All exercises MUST be submitted to:

[email protected]

“Thoughts are our way of connecting things up for ourselves. If somebody else tells us about the connections she/he has made, we can only understand them to the extent that we do the work of making those connections ourselves.”

Eleanor Duckworth

  • Understand the mentors’ role
  • Use techniques for building relationships, such as trust, rapport, and reflective questioning
  • Employ the Clusters & Standards of the TxBESS Framework
where are they adapted from william s howell s work
Where are they?(adapted from William S. Howell’s work)

Unconsciously Skilled

(The skills become natural and routine.)

Steps to Success

Consciously Skilled (I have to think about everything as I do it.)

Consciously Unskilled(I now know that I am not skilled at this.)

Unconsciously Unskilled (I don’t know what I don’t know.)


As you think about building a relationship with your beginning teacher, what will your priorities be?Make a list to document your priorities.

mentoring roles
Mentoring Roles

1. Parent—protector, guardian—may foster dependency.

2. Expert—instructor, specialist—identifies a correct model, plan, and content—the consulting role.

3. Friend—advisor, confidant—protects the relationship—the collaborating role.

4. Boss—authority figure—owns the final responsibility—the evaluating role.

5. Coach—co-learner—provides avenues to multiple ways of solving problems.

putting it all together
Putting It All Together

What percentage of time do you plan to spend in each of the mentoring roles?

In the first grading period…

In the first semester…

By the end of the year…

coaching is
Many dictionaries suggest that to coach is:

To teach

To train

To tutor

A set of interactions between two individuals for the purpose of mutual professional growth

An independent relationship in which we support each other’s learning (co-learning)

Coaching Is…
coaching tools
Coaching Tools



Reflective questioning


Build rapport through:

  • Posture
  • Gestures
  • Tonality
  • Language
  • Breathing
  • Listening
  • Paraphrasing
when to apply rapport tools
When To Apply Rapport Tools
  • When you sense that your beginning teacher is tense or anxious
  • When a conversation becomes tense or anxiety-ridden
  • When you do not understand what the beginning teacher is saying
  • When you are unable to pay attention to each other

Build trust through:

  • Confidentiality
  • Consistency
  • Interest
  • Thinking
  • Withholding judgment
reflective questioning
Reflective Questioning

Reflective questions help the beginning teacher:

  • HYPOTHESIZE what might happen.
  • ANALYZE what did or did not work.
  • IMAGINE possibilities.
  • EXTRAPOLATE from one situation to another.
  • EVALUATE the impact.
effective question stems
Effective Question Stems

Some effective question stems:

  • What’s another way you might…?
  • What might you see happening in your classroom if…?
  • What options might you consider when…?
  • How was…different from or similar to…?
  • What criteria do you use to…?
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Putting It All Together

Roles+ Knowing the Beginning


thinking about our talk
Thinking about our talk…
  • Have flexibility in stance
  • Operate across a continuum of interactive patterns
  • Show versatility across this continuum using options for responses
    • Developmentally appropriate
    • Situationally appropriate
practicing reflective questioning
Practicing Reflective Questioning

Refer back to the list of Priorities you made (Slide #6)…and thinking about the teacher you will mentor, list 3-5 question stems you will likely use.

  • Consider the work of teaching and note as many professional (NOT personal) activities as possible in which a teacher engages during a two-day period.
  • Be specific (e.g., grading 34 papers, calling a parent, designing a lesson).
  • List each item
what is the txbess framework
What Is the TxBESS Framework?
  • Reflects effective teaching as represented in the practice of beginning teachers
  • Contains the TxBESS Performance Standards and the developmental continuum
  • Download the Framework from the webpage.
cluster 1 planning for learner centered instruction
Cluster 1: Planning for Learner-centered Instruction

1a: Knowledge of content and pedagogy

1b: Knowledge of students

1c: Selects key knowledge and skills

1d: Uses materials, resources, and technology

1e: Promotes student learning

1f: Plans to assess student learning

cluster 2 an environment of equity excellence and learning
Cluster 2: An Environment of Equity, Excellence, and Learning

2a: Creates an environment of rapport and respect

2b: Establishes a culture of learning

2c: Manages classroom procedures

2d: Manages student behavior

2e: Organizes physical space

cluster 3 instruction and communication
Cluster 3: Instruction and Communication

3a: Communicates clearly and accurately

3b: Uses questioning and discussion techniques

3c: Engages students in learning

3d: Assesses student learning

3e: Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness

cluster 4 professionalism
Cluster 4: Professionalism

4a: Reflects on teaching

4b: Maintains accurate records

4c: Communicates with families/caregivers

4d: Contributes to the school

4e: Grows and develops professionally

4f: Serves as an advocate for students

identifying the clusters
Identifying the Clusters
  • Download the “Identifying the Clusters” worksheet.
  • Identify the cluster to which each statement relates
meet becky
Meet Becky
  • Becky is a first-year middle school Spanish teacher.
  • Becky has provided you with all the data in her case study.

Download the documents for “Becky” on each slide.

Use the Data Collection sheets from the Framework document.

cluster 1 becky
Cluster 1–Becky
  • Review Cluster 1 in the framework
  • Read the Class Background Study and Plan for Learning to identify key information.
  • The Plan for Learning includes a sample of resource materials Becky used.

Examine information in a Supporter Role

NOTas an Assessor

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Cluster 1–Becky

Record information on the Data Collection Notes under

Cluster 1

Becky Data Notes 1

cluster 4 becky
Cluster 4–Becky
  • Review Cluster 4
  • You have completed the Mentor Questionnaire (4d, 4f).
  • Together, you have completed the Statement of Professional Responsibilities (4b, 4c, 4e).
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Cluster 4–Becky

Record information on the Data Collection Notes under

Cluster 4

Becky Data Notes 4

clusters 2 and 3 becky
Clusters 2 and 3–Becky
  • Review Clusters 2 and 3
  • Based on her notes, what feedback would you give?

Becky Data Notes 2 & 3

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Clusters 2 and 3 – Becky

Record information on the Data Collection Notes under

Clusters 2 and 3

learning reflection becky
Learning Reflection – Becky
  • Becky has given you her Learning Reflection after her lesson.
  • Review her Learning Reflection and add to Data Collection Notes.
developmental continuum becky
Developmental Continuum—Becky
  • Interpret your notes, using the TxBESS Developmental Continuum to determine a level of performance for each standard in Cluster 3 only.

In the real world… You would review the Data Collection Notes standard-by-standard for Clusters 1-4 with Becky allowing her tomake these decisions using the data you collected for her.

developmental continuum becky1
Developmental Continuum—Becky
  • In the TxBESS Framework, highlight the descriptors in the Developmental Continuum that best describe Becky’s performance.
  • Mark the Data Summary —developing, competent, or proficient.
coaching conversation
Coaching Conversation
  • In an email, document a coaching conversation with Becky on a performance standard, using the data summary.
  • Send the email to [email protected]
  • Subj: Coaching Conversation
what s next for becky
What’s Next for Becky?

How would you, as Becky’s mentor, work with her to develop an Action Plan?

Use the Data Summary to draft an Action Plan for Becky.

contact information
Contact Information

Dr. Ruth Kane


Huston-Tillotson Educator Preparation Program

[email protected]