Teachers are better together!
Nationally and internationally, educators are excited about Les Foltos' techniques for effective peer coaching. The model for Peer Coaching outlined in his 2011 TED talk has been implemented in 40 countries and counting with powerful results.
Now you have it in this concise guide to effective coaching! Train teachers to help each other refine their classroom strategies and tailor them to 21st Century needs. Foltos' insights include
How peer coaching that makes a difference involves much more than just one teacher offering another advice.
How a coaching relationship is first built on trust, and then on the willingness to take risks.
Why peer coaching should focus on adapting teaching methods to the technological future of education.
For schools to effect the changes the future demands, teachers must learn how to collaborate effectively. With this book, Les Foltos shows the way.
Chapter 3: Preparing Coaches
The emerging science of learning underscores the importance of rethinking what is taught, how it is taught, and how learning is assessed.
—Bransford, Brown, & Cocking (2000)
As we noted in the first chapter, many educators have helped other teachers to improve instruction. Teachers shouldn't expect that occasional collaboration with a peer has prepared them to take on the roles a coach plays. Educational leaders also need to recognize that there is a vast difference between what some teachers are already doing and effective coaching. Unfortunately, many American school administrators have identified educators with strong content skills and, without providing them with any formal preparation, given them a new role: coach.
What these educational leaders are actually doing is similar to what happens in many ...