Coaching at PVJH is a partnership; it’s about teachers and coaches working together as equals to reflect and to respond to student work in order to raise the achievement of all of our students.
” Coaching supported me in pushing my teaching through collecting, analyzing, and responding to data, in being more creative, and in refining my craft; I wanted to be part of this process for others. I’m looking forward to partnering with teachers from different disciplines, getting down in the trenches with them with student work and instructional planning, and creating things more amazing than any of us could do on our own.”
“I wanted to be a coach so I could help increase the amount of innovative thinking that was happening in PV. I love working with students on how to problem solve and use technology in their everyday life and this was a way to do that full time. As far as this year goes, I’m looking forward to working with teachers and students to get deeper into learning in order to help students become 21st century citizens with 21st century skills.”
“My favorite part of coaching is in the work of partnering with a teacher who has an idea how to stretch their craft and seeing the excitement in both the teacher and students when it comes to fruition. I am not sure which is more fun to observe- the success of the students or happiness of the teacher in the reward of their hard work!”
My coaching cycle really focused on looking at student achievement in relation to engagement, accessibility, and rigor for my world language class and making sure activities in all three languages met those areas. It was really great to discuss and brainstorm ways to reach all students effectively in these areas.
I have done a few coaching cycles, and all of them were incredibly valuable. I went into each of them with a broad idea of what I wanted students to accomplish, but didn’t have a clear vision of how to specifically go about setting up the lessons or how to student learning. That is one of the reasons why working with a coach is so helpful. A coach brings a fresh perspective, often from a different curricular background than your own. They help share the load of creating something brand new, which can sometimes seem like a daunting task. One thing that I found especially helpful when working with instructional coaches is the questions they ask to provide clarity and keep the focus on student learning. Above all, working with instructional coaches has reminded me that teaching does not have to be something that is done in isolation. Our students benefit from teacher collaboration in creating relevant and rigorous learning experiences.