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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture! Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes: First-person stories from successful coaches Sidebars highlighting important information A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources Ready-to-use forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, and reports
Instructional coaching focuses on research-based instructional strategies that can have the biggest impact in improving a teacherÆs practice. Jim Knight has worked as a trainer, developer, and researcher in instructional coaching for many years and has broad experience not only training coaches but also collecting data about the effects of his coaching program. In this book, the author explains the essential coaching skills that instructional coaches need to develop, including listening, observing, modeling, and collaborating. Along with coaching skills and knowledge, this book provides guidance for leveraging instructional interventions that form the foundation of effective instructional practice. First person stories and quotes from coaches working in the trenches provide readers with a realistic picture of the responsibilities, challenges, and joys of coaching. This user- friendly resource also contains chapter organizers, resources for deeper learning, forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, reports, and all the other tools coaches and would-be coaches need. This book is perfect for coaches and aspiring coaches along with the staff developers, trainers, teacher leaders, principals, and other educators who work with coaches and oversee coaching programs.
Instructional coaching, a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention, provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement new programs that improve student learning. The product of more than eight years of study, this approach to professional development has been proven to help schools respond to the pressures of accountability and reform. Experienced trainer, developer, and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, observing teachers, and engaging in reflective conversation. Each user-friendly chapter includes: first-person stories from successful coaches; sidebars highlighting important information; a "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources; forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, reports, and other ready-to-use tools; and a short summary of the main chapter points. This book is perfect for coaches and aspiring coaches, as well as the staff developers, trainers, teacher leaders, principals, and other educators who work with coaches and oversee coaching programs.
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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Why Coaching? 2. What Does Coaching Look Like? 3. What Is the Partnership Philosophy? 4. Partnership Communication: Creating Learning Conversations 5. Getting Teachers on Board and Finding a Starting Point 6. Modeling, Observing, and Collaboratively Exploring Data 7. Focusing on the Big Four: Behavior, Content Knowledge, Direct Instruction, and Formative Assessment 8. How Coaches Can Spread Knowledge 9. Coaches as Leaders of Change Resource: Instructional Coach's Tool Kit References Index
"Provides valuable insight for mentors who are in the field working daily with novice teachers."
"Teachers helping teachers is a great way to create a powerful instructional staff. Knight offers practical and useful tools to help teachers achieve excellence."