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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 ...
Chapter 5: Communication and Collaboration
Communication and Collaboration
How teachers talk to one another is an essential resource of strong schools.
—Garmston & Wellman (1999)
Since successful coaching rests on three sets of skills—communication and collaboration, lesson design, and technology integration—many educators have asked if one of these skills is more important than the others. It is a question I have asked hundreds of Peer Coaches over the years, and they consistently respond that communication and collaboration skills are a prerequisite to successful collaboration. [Page 78]Jenny Linklater, a successful Australian Peer Coach, insists a coach's successes in incorporating lesson-design skills and insights into the effective use of technology “hinge on their success with communication and collaboration skills” (J. Linklater, personal communication, June 14, 2012). Virtually every coach I have spoken ...