Peer Coaching 2016
Reflection & Resources
Table of Contents
SMART Goal 2
Areas for Growth 3
Next Steps 3
My collaborating teacher and I worked together to prepare materials for our English 9 and academic skills development classes. She expressed a desire to use more technology in her instruction so we worked to “revamp” prior projects and units to utilize technology tools. I choose my partner because, when I started at my current school four years ago, she was assigned as my coach. Over my first year, she helped me tremendously and we worked really well together. Having a confidant as well as a collaborator really helped me build my confidence as a teacher. As time has passed, she has remained a mentor to me and I have become somewhat of a mentor to her as well. I thought this would be a good opportunity to even out our roles and to distinguish myself as a coach. I also wanted to help her combat some of her learned helplessness and dependency when it comes to technology use. She is a phenomenal educator, so my goal was to help her feel empowered to utilize digital tools confidently.
- This experience helped even out our roles a bit. I believe she sees me as a leader more than she did before and I appreciated working with her as the learner.
- Using the learning activities checklist and questioning strategies really helped to guide our conversation. Usually we both get distracted and can socialize too much, but these resources gave us a tool to lead us back to the task.
- Since I am close with my collaborating teacher, we were able to have open and honest conversations.
- My peer has shown independence when using various digital tools. For example, she is now confident creating assignments on Google Classroom without my assistance. She provided suggestions and showed enthusiasm when we discussed how to embed digital learning into our lessons.
Areas for Growth
- At first it felt difficult and awkward to switch roles, with me as the coach and her as the learner. Having resources was so necessary here, but I don’t want to rely on resources so much that it seems like I may not know what I’m doing without them.
- It wasn’t until the last month or so that she started showing more confidence with using digital tools. In the past, she would often look to me to do things for her, such as add assignments on Google Classroom. She became much more confident, but the process was difficult and I ultimately had to call her (kindly) on her dependency, which was a bit of an awkward conversation, but effective.
- It is difficult to coach someone who is in the same role as I am. I would like to have more experiences being a more “official” coach because the title makes the role more clear.
- Time constraints made it difficult to get as much done as I would have liked. We did make a lot of progress, but I would have liked the chance to have her teach the assignments and projects we made (those will come later) so we could reflect on the process.
My collaborating teacher and I met about six times during the quarter, for about an hour each time. Our work consisted of using the learning activity checklist located in my coaching toolbox to rework lessons we have both taught in the past. These lessons were for English 9 and academic skills development, which is an English support class. A few of the finished assignments and projects we created are included below.
- The Odyssey Book 10 Leveled Reads
- “The Odyssey” children’s book project (I could not include all the links as the network is down in my district, but added what I could).
- To continue combating learned helplessness, possibly by looking into how the growth mindset can be used in peer coaching.
- My coaching experience was very casual as I worked with someone I know well. I would like the chance to work with people I don’t know as well to see what new challenges and opportunities that presents.
- The feedback, which I used to note my successes and areas of growth, was very informal and is based on a discussion between my collaborating teacher and I. In the future, I would like to use some of the feedback methods I learned in my module 5 blog post so I can better understand the role feedback plays in