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Develop a presence as an instructional coach
In Pennsylvania, we are losing CFF coaching positions; many are returning to the classroom. Librarians are a PERFECT fit to fill this void.
What does it mean to be a good coach?:
Align with teachers to integrate 21st C. teaching and learning into existing (or new) units in order to achieve higher order thinking skills (example: help teachers create glogs or wikis to use as portals to resources that they will access for their unit)
Consider yourself a teammate with teachers. The relationship of trust is vital in the coaching role. Your role is to provide a high level of support as the teacher develops a lesson and integrates new technologies. While it is important to define roles, it is equally important to ask, “How can I help you to make this lesson work?” Initially, you may be helping to develop content or posting tutorials to the teacher’s web page. Once the unit is initially taught, allow the teacher to take a more independent role the next time they teach the unit or incorporate that technology.
, Library Media Specialist at the Quakertown High School, suggests drop-in visits to allow you to become familiar with educators’ teaching styles and how they manage their classroom. That way, as a coach, you can tailor the concepts and ideas you share to ones that best highlight teachers’ strengths in the classroom, boosting their confidence as they successfully integrate 21st Century skills into their curriculum.
With the teacher’s permission, highlight the best lessons that you have collaborated upon. Suggest that those teachers can present at district in-service sessions, present model lessons at a conference such as PSLA or PETE&C, or help the teacher lead a webinar using your intermediate unit as a facilitator. Join that teacher as a teammate during their presentation. Ultimately, it will help both of you build a positive reputation within your district and community.
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