Coaching Behaviors

Coaching behaviors, when most effective, are most akin to teaching behaviors. Teachers have not always had someone to help them think about the manner in which they communicate with students, or even to “walk beside them” in the practice. Only recently have coaches entered classrooms for the focused purpose of enhancing behaviors that drive student engagement. This new presence in classrooms comes at a time when teachers are pressured to produce higher student test scores – scores upon which their own teaching performance will be evaluated. In light of the stakes, it is no wonder teachers might be highly suspicious and anxious any time someone enters their classroom.  We must have them “buy into” the idea of accepting help from coaches and realizing that they are all on the same page and want the same outcome.

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