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 6: Defining Effective Learning Activities
Defining Effective Learning Activities
Whole-system educational reform requires “a declared focus on concrete … describable innovative teaching practices.”
—Michael Fullan (2011b)
One of the most serious challenges facing educators today is the disconnect between their belief that teaching and learning need to improve to meet their students’ needs and a clear understanding of what kind of learning activities will help students develop these skills. One way that challenge presents itself to Peer Coaches every day is a result of our unprecedented access to information. In 2010, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, told an audience that the amount of information being created every 2 days equals the amount [Page 102]of information created from the dawn of time until 2003 (Siegler, 2010). More than a ...