Monday, November 15, 2010

Two Breakthroughs:)

I am presently on cloud nine! I have managed to connect with two teachers who want assistance. What I was surprised about was that they like my approach--not authoritarian or critical. I pull from them what they hope to do and than ask what I could do to assist them in accomplishing their task. This includes everything from finding supplies and websites to co-planning to team-teaching. Tomorrow I will finish a complete coaching cycle with one teacher so I will be planning my first post-observation dialogue for Wednesday. I am trying to treat each teacher as a peer/colleague s/he is so I offer my spin only if asked. So far, so good:)

I have two more teachers to see for pre-planning this week--one in science and one in English. I hope it goes as well as the other meeting has gone so far!

Again, please offer other strategies if you have the time.


1 comment:

  1. Two of my teachers completed the first coaching cycle. I was amazed at how open they were to support and new ideas. I have a way to feel comfortable here in this new position. I tap into my skills as a former CTA (California Teachers Association) trainer, state CLAD teacher, and now part time instructor in the teacher credentialing program at National Hispanic University. I validate their years in the class and the wealth of knowledge they bring to the classroom. I show respect because that is what I would like from them. My evaluations from CTA, SCCOE, and NHU have been excellent so I know that I can make this work. With the high number of D's and F's the ELLs have at my site, I need to help teachers see what isn't working and devise some new approaches to reverse this trend. Populations have changed and so must approaches to teach. Again, the teachers I have met with so far really want to make a difference in the lives of their students. So far so good, but what will I do when I discover that ONE teacher who basically shuts a door in my face. I know it is coming and I don't know how I will handle it.

    Help out there please:)