“The purpose of instructional leadership is not to evaluate teachers but to develop them.” - Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
We have all “been there” with teacher evaluation. We schedule formal observations twice a year, the teacher performs well with a tried-and-true, well-rehearsed performance, and we provide a thoughtful reinforcement and refinement. Boom! We have a highly effective teacher!
And then…we drop-in a few weeks later to find a teacher struggling with basics such as using a strong voice.
We wonder what happened to the polished, highly effective teacher a few weeks ago? Deep in our hearts, we know the answer: Evaluation doesn’t develop great teachers. Instead, teachers need ongoing coaching to master the critical skills of their craft.
TXTS4 Leaders is here to help you develop these impactful coaching skills by featuring common “observable, practice-able, and high leverage” (Bambrick-Santoyo, 2016) instructional skills, with a practical sequence of coaching strategies.
- Go Granular – Bite-sized skills that can be practiced, mastered, and built-upon
- Plan, Practice, Follow Up, Repeat – Build teacher confidence and proficiency with on-the-spot practice and feedback.
- Frequent Feedback – Utilizing brief walk-through observations to provide specific feedback on the targeted skill
Look for these coaching topics twice a month. Next week’s edition will highlight a high-leverage classroom management skill, complete with how to “go granular” and a sample practice plan.
Bambrick-Santoyo, P. (2016). Get better faster: A 90-day plan for developing new teachers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand.