How do we, as teachers, begin to shift/expand our practice when asked to mentor, support or coach another teacher? What frameworks would help us shift from working with kids to supporting adult colleagues? How does the work of helping a colleague to develop unfold in the current climate of teacher effectiveness and high-stakes measurement?
In this two-day workshop participants will notice, name, question and study various aspects of the practices of coaching. We will draw upon artifacts from our own work (notes, plans, reenactments of exchanges, video of planning/debrief/co-teaching sessions) as well as reading and research about teacher learning, pedagogical content knowledge, and teacher development. Participants in the workshop should expect to:
? Study video of teaching for the purposes of developing an approach to coaching
? Study video of coaching for the purposes of refining one’s coaching stance
? Examine a series of artifacts from coaches, used to give feedback to teachers
? Read some short pieces related to the dilemmas of coaching (e.g., having difficult conversations, moving beyond the “culture of nice”)
This workshop is designed for anyone who is formally responsible for supporting one or more teachers (e.g., student teacher, intern, new staff, colleague).