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Why Inquiry in the act of coaching a Colleague?

I have long seen the power of inquiry in effective teaching.

Through interactive read-aloud, having a pair share around author’s purpose, how a character changed and why, exploring author’s craft to discover what seems the same and what are differences across books by the same author.

Through reading and writing workshop, becoming familiar with characteristics of a genre by reading and discussing many quality examples that then informs writing in that genre.

Through word study, examining the way words work and applying that understanding to other words to strengthen meaning, spelling and grammar.

Through poetry, discussing meaning and noticing how poems are crafted.

Lately I have been thinking about the strong role inquiry plays in coaching as well, and will share some thinking that will strengthen the power of coaching in reflective teaching that leads to more effective practice.

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Professional Development: A Cornerstone of Whole School Change

“This professional development has been life changing. I have learned so much about how to be an effective coach and provide professional development to facilitate teachers understanding, thinking and practice. The resources that have been provided are invaluable and will be used! It is also great to have a network of colleagues with whom we can collaborate with and problem-solve as needed.”    -Literacy Collaborative Coach

Effective schools acknowledge that “teaching is a lifelong journey of learning, rather than a final destination of ‘knowing’ how to teach” (McRobbie, 2000, p. 6). Professional development enhances teacher quality, and is linked to improvements in student achievement (Wei, Darling-Hammond, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos, 2009; Yoon, Duncan, Lee, Scarloss & Shapley, 2007).

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Professional Development: A Cornerstone of Whole School Change

“This professional development has been life changing. I have learned so much about how to be an effective coach and provide professional development to facilitate teachers understanding, thinking and practice. The resources that have been provided are invaluable and will be used! It is also great to have a network of colleagues with whom we can collaborate with and problem-solve as needed.”   – a  Literacy Collaborative Coach

Professional Development: A Cornerstone of Whole School Change

Effective schools acknowledge that “teaching is a lifelong journey of learning, rather than a final destination of ‘knowing’ how to teach” (McRobbie, 2000, p. 6). Professional development enhances teacher quality, and is linked to improvements in student achievement (Wei, Darling-Hammond, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos, 2009; Yoon, Duncan, Lee, Scarloss & Shapley, 2007). More »