About Coaching Cycles
Coaching Cycles are the most labor and intellectually intensive PD options. However, they are also the most likely to induce long-lasting change for the student math experience.
For a coaching cycle, a school partners with Geoff to co-identify goals, on-site dates, remote dates and other information to establish a semester- or year-long support plan. Coaching involves combinations of workshop-style PD, classroom observations, student interviews, one-on-one time, facilitating small learning communities, and communicating with school/district leadership. Coaching cycles are highly customized based on the school/district needs and constraints as well as Geoff’s commitments.
Coaching has a relationship-building aspect that other PD options may lack. Over time, a coach develops rapport and interpersonal relationships to best spp
A common cycle of coaching might look like the following:
|Before on-site Day 1||Conversation with leadership to get a sense of the school context and staff needs|
Implementation of math mindset and attitudes survey for students.
Remote introduction to math department
|On-site Day 2||Workshop custom tailored to teacher needs as well as the following beginning-of-year activities|
— Establishing yearlong norms and routines
— Fostering persistent problem-solvers
— Managing productive groupwork
|Between on-site Day 1 and 2||Remote support for teachers in identifying and adapting high quality tasks|
Facilitate monthly departmental meetings
Analysis of survey data with leadership team
|On-site day 2||Observation of classroom teachers|
One-on-one coaching sessions with teachers
Interview with student panel
Debrief with leadership
|Between on-site Day 2 and 3||Remote individualized support for teachers, offering feedback (likes, wonders, and next steps)|
Suggestions for follow-up tasks, facilitation moves and adherence to academic safety
|On-site day 3||Analysis of student work|
Design a system of peer feedback
|After on-site day 3||Invitation for remote teacher support for remainder of the school year, in the form of video/phone sessions or email|
Geoff has been supporting teachers and departments in the form of cognitive and relational coaching for years. Geoff’s coaching cycle is informed by dozens of semester- and year-long coaching experiences with all types of schools: urban, rural, suburban, private, public, etc. This PD option might work well for you if you’re looking to provide intensive support for a cohort of novice or veteran teachers over the course of a semester or school year.
Interested in learning more about Geoff’s coaching cycles? Feel free to get in touch to discuss to see if this option is right for your school or district.