An essential component of being an effective coach is understanding how to partner with educators to develop shared goals. Without intentionally establishing goals with educators, a shared vision is not developed and there will not be buy-in. My blog post Peer Coaching – A Community Engagement Project, shows evidence of this indicator and my understanding of the importance of shared goals in relation to effective coaching. During phase 1 of the peer coaching project, I began by meeting with my coaching partner and filling out a coaching plan, which included collaborating to develop SMART goals. In the coaching conversations we had during this project, I used coaching moves like paragraphing and probing questions to better understand my coaching partner’s ideas for increasing engagement and improving learning outcomes. Within these conversations, I was able to support the teacher in framing these outcomes into shared goals, and then begin the process of lesson improvement with the Learning Design Matrix. This coaching experience helped me to improve my coaching practice by recognizing how vital the initial development of shared goals is to the success of coaching partnerships.Community-Engagement-Project
Peer Coaching Plan developed during Peer Coaching Project
This fall I will be transitioning into a new role as an Educational Technology Specialist. This new position will provide me with further opportunities to improve my coaching practice. In preparation for this role transition, and in thinking about how I can continue to grow in being an effective coach, I recently sent this Educational Technology Integration Survey out to my staff. The intention of this survey is to gain clarity around how I can best support educators in integrating educational technology into their instruction. One example is that on the survey teachers are asked to identify an ISTE student standard that they are most interested in exploring with their students. As I continue preparing for this position, and growing in establishing shared goals with educators, I am reflecting on my blog post Leading with Vulnerability: The Pathway to Strengthen Communication & Collaboration in Coaching Relationships. Partnering with coaches to develop shared goals requires vulnerability from both educators and coaches in coaching relationships. It is important that I am modeling vulnerability during coaching partnerships to promote collaboration and strengthen communication in the development of shared goals.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches