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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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Who are you looking for?

Dec 7, 2010 by     31 Comments    Posted under: The Teacher

Dear Administrators,

The recruiting season is just around the corner. This is an exciting and stressful time for all involved.

Over the past few weeks we have been looking into what characteristics students, parents & teachers look for in teachers.

This week we are asking administrators what characteristics they are looking for in teachers when they are interviewing.

Hopefully through these posts we will be able to highlight the areas we value in teachers and this will help to focus discussions during this time of year.

Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

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