Coaches creating trust

How Coaches Can Create Trust in Difficult Environments

Categories: Instruction

Based on Everyday Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaches start off at a disadvantage when teachers associate the coach’s role with change at the classroom level. Even inside a positive culture, if people think you, as a coach, might be attempting change to the structure of norms, defenses go up. But if teachers work in a climate where they feel instructional coaches are trying to help them and learn alongside them, and when coaches transparently share their own flaws and weaknesses in teaching, teachers will open up to their coaches. Read more

Why Educators Burn Out

Why Educators Burn Out

Categories: Instruction

Based on Take Time for You

How to burn yourself out as an educator:

Get up before dawn, stay up past midnight, grade papers, or do other work on the weekends and during your child’s soccer games. Meet with parents outside of school hours—some of whom aren’t on your side. Meet with students outside of class—some of whom look you in the eye and say cruel things right to your face. Create lessons from scratch—that sometimes flop in spite of your very best intentions. Sit in PLC meetings with colleagues—some of whom don’t share the passion that you share and who aren’t doing what’s best for students. Read more

Examine your perceptions about teaching math to girls.

Changing Perceptions for Girls Learning Math

Categories: Instruction, Mathematics

Based on Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Girls in Grades K–5

Sometimes it is strange how a situation turns out. With data on hand, we often think we can accurately anticipate what might happen. However, the twists and turns of life regularly lead us from uncomfortable challenges to pleasant surprises. When I was in fourth grade, I had a terrible experience during a mathematics class. I was called out. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was driven to tears. Read more

How to Differentiate Math Instruction

Differentiating Mathematics Instruction

Categories: Instruction, Mathematics

Based on Mathematics Instruction and Tasks in a PLC at Work®

When I am in schools working with teachers of mathematics, the most common question I get is, “How do I use rich, higher-level-cognitive-demand tasks with each and every student? I know my students need access to more complex mathematical tasks, but how do I implement them well with all students?” Read more