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Providing Support

Aug 13, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Collaborate

Working at an ICT integrator or technology coach it is always a challenge to find the right balance of support for students and teachers. Over the years I have tried our various different strategies but each one has had its drawbacks – there is always room for improvement.

So after much thought last year I am going to try something a little different this year. My goal for this shift is to promote further professional dialogue about teaching and integration practices – if we can talk more about what we are doing I am sure we will bring all our practice forward. I suppose this has been the goal of many initiatives that schools have brought in but it seems to be somewhat elusive.

After taking inspiration from the Olympic I once again saw the value of having personalized attention. People need that connection and attention in order to move themselves to the next level. Luckily for me I work with a group of amazing and forward thinking teachers who are always looking for ways to improve their practice. So when I introduced the idea of providing individualized coaching to them they jumped at the chance.

How is it going to work?

  • select a range of teachers from a department to work with
  • discuss what areas of their practice they want to work on – doesn’t have to be tech related
  • attend as many lessons as possible
  • after each lessons simply chat about how things went
  • highlight connections between teachers who are part of the group
At the moment there isn’t much more to report other than there is a bit of buzz building about this idea.

Could this be the formula of support that I am looking for? I am not sure but I think it is moving in the right direction

The Perfect Blend

May 14, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Classroom

Life is an amazing thing. While many things stay the same, so much of our life is in a constant state of change. For me this is one of the joys of life – seeing things change around me and thinking about how it will affect me. This reality is something that educators have constantly discussed, addressed and experimented with. How can we help support students in this constantly evolving world?

Whilst I have been out of the classroom for a number of years (ICT coach), I like to think I still have a grasp on the range of challenges classroom teachers face. Finding the balance between pastoral care, curriculum demands, classroom administration and constantly evaluating the changes that are occurring around themselves and their students.  It is a juggling act.

In my role as a ICT coach I continually grapple with how to best support students and teachers. I have lost count of the number of strategies and models I have toyed around with in search of the perfect blend of support, dialogue and progress when working with teachers and students. I think I know the ingredients of the recipe but I haven’t found that perfect blend.

Is there a perfect blend? I really don’t know but it doesn’t stop me trying to search for it.

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After chatting with Kim Cofino a while back we got talking about this issue. She raised the idea of the “embedded teacher” – sort of like the embed reporter style that journalists have used for decades (pretty sure Jeff Plaman had something to do with this discussion). From the outset I loved the idea – a chance to get my “hands dirty”. The focus of this model wouldn’t be on technology but instead on effective instructional practices and student learning. The embedded teacher would work intensively with a classroom teacher and would take part in all teaching and learning experiences. They would be there to offer an extra pair of hands whilst also be there to discuss classroom and curriculum practice.

With these ideas in my mind I realised that it is time tweak that blend again and see how things go. Here are my ingredients, let’s see if I can get the combination right.

  • Individualized Support – work intensively with individual teachers from a department for approx 4 weeks (2 cycles of our schedule)
  • Individualized Goals – set individual goals with teachers.
  • Class Time – participate in as many classes as possible during this time
  • Professional Dialogue – discuss how things are going in class – student learning, instructional practice, curriculum

I would love to hear what blend you are working on at the moment

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