My first MOOC: Coaching Teachers- Promoting Changes That Stick

Thanks to Maggie Hos-McGrane, I learned about a MOOC (Massive Onine Open Course) on Coursera by Match Education titled Coaching Teachers- Promoting Changes That Stick. The course is taught by Orin Gutlerner

I have never taken a MOOC and thought this might be a good opportunity to try in order to experience a new type of learning, observe and be aware of the different structure and framework of teaching in such a course and in the meanwhile actually learn about coaching teachers as well.

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I am also trying to hone my skills in sketchnoting and will take notes in forms of sketches throughout the 5 week course. My goal is to compare my recall and articulation of the information learned via sketches versus summarizing via my traditional blog post writing.

 

Week 1 (May 9th – 16th)

This week’s content will introduce you to our big ideas about effective teacher coaching. In particular, we will draw a distinction between what is sometimes thought of as “good” coaching, and what we consider to be “effective” coaching that promotes meaningful change in the classroom and more student learning.

You will also be introduced to our Effective Coaching Formula, the variables of which will be the topics for the subsequent three weeks.

Week 1 (May 9th – 16th)

This week’s content will introduce you to our big ideas about effective teacher coaching. In particular, we will draw a distinction between what is sometimes thought of as “good” coaching, and what we consider to be “effective” coaching that promotes meaningful change in the classroom and more student learning.

You will also be introduced to our Effective Coaching Formula, the variables of which will be the topics for the subsequent three weeks.

Week 2 (May 17th – 23rd)

The Fixed Mindset Tax is the learning penalty a coach pays when working with a teacher who does not believe that they are capable of growing their practice or mastering a particular teacher skill. This week offers practical solutions for overcoming what Carol Dweck refers to as “fixed mindset” in a teacher coaching session, as well as tools for promoting a “growth mindset” that will allow teachers to be motivated and optimistic about improving their practice.

Week 3 (May 24th – 30th)

The Clarity of Instructional Vision is the extent to which coach and teacher agree and can communicate about what constitutes excellent instruction. This week will make the case for the importance of developing a common instructional language, and will also introduce you in great detail to the Match Teacher Residency vision for an optimal learning environment.

Week 4 (May 31st – June 6th)

Quality of Feedback is all about organizing an effective teacher coaching meeting. You will learn the Match Teacher Residency protocol for structuring your debrief cycle by watching examples of the protocol in action.

Week 5 (June 7th – June 13th)

Time to show what you know! This week is for completing the final assessment, the Coaching Debrief Annotation Assignment. The assignment will ask you to view a teacher coaching meeting and annotate the conversation by indicating the various best practices you have learned during the previous four weeks.

After the assignment is due (6/13), you’ll have one week to review and grade the work of four of your peers.