From an Elementary literacy coach:
“First grade teachers are stating they have students that are excited about writing and are able to write better than before with the structure, plan, and scaffolding we have provided for them to be successful this year. Teachers are really seeing development and growth as we progress through the second semester of the school year. Teachers are excited and thankful, as well, that they have been given a coach to help them make this happen.”
The magic of coaching transforms secondary classrooms as much as elementary. One of our middle school coaches, writes:
“Last week was the first full week that I had collaborated with an 8th grade Math class to use a differentiated math intervention. We focused on the Iowa Core standards to identify individual students that required remedial help and those that were needing to be challenged. Together, the classroom teacher and I are using project based learning and tiered grouping to meet the needs of individual students.”
As I review our teacher-leader reflections, I am looking for our two-fold goals of increased collaboration and increased student achievement. They are both evident here:
“This has been a great week of collaboration for me! I am so excited! I have four teachers on board for a 15 day challenge! I love going into classrooms daily with the same students to teach, co-teach, and collaborate with teachers! I am learning just as much from them as they are learning from me. The students are loving it too!! THIS IS TRUE learning!! I can't wait to get others on board with this teaching strategy!”
That’s a lot of authentic enthusiasm for January, in my opinion.