Differentiate your coaching practice to meet the needs of every teacher! Jane Kise takes you on a journey into differentiated coaching with a strength-based framework for understanding, appreciating, and working with people who may think differently from you. Through an online self-assessment tool, you will discover how your strengths and beliefs influence your coaching practice. Through examples, case studies, and reflection exercises, you will understand how to: • Tailor your coaching practices to meet the needs of each educator • Increase teacher willingness to implement new skills in their classrooms • Anticipate patterns of resistance and adjust both the content and delivery of professional development

What Do Teachers Believe?

What Do Teachers Believe?

This chapter introduces the first step of the differentiated coaching cycle:

  • Understanding teacher strengths and beliefs and
  • Focusing on the research-based school vision for learning and school success

Why? Because practices flow from beliefs. Asking teachers to change practices also asks them to change part of who they are.

Hannah,1 an experienced middle school mathematics teacher, wanted to create higher levels of engagement in her classroom. I was coaching her team as part of the school’s yearlong commitment to facilitating student discourse to increase student critical-thinking skills, including reasoning and justification. “Powerful small-group work and all-class discussions” summed it up. The goal related to the Common Core mathematical practice of constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others—a key mathematical ...

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