“Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one.” Mike Krzyzewski
“It’s what you learn, after you know it all, that counts.” John Wooden
Coaches Make 1:1 Success
One of the key findings of Project RED is that effective coaching matters impacts the success of a 1:1 initiative much more than does the device selected, the software purchased, or the availability of online PD for teachers. This should come as no surprise to those who have spent time in a high-quality 1:1 school. Specifically, in authentic 1:1 schools
The Technology Coaches are responsible for modeling, training, vetting applications, troubleshooting, conducting research on instructional pedagogy and new products, and supporting innovation in the district’s buildings. An important role is raising the bar on expectations and encouraging teachers to take risks with their instructional strategies.
Recently, I reached out to ask current coaches to contribute their advice to their 1:1 colleagues. What have they learned during their years of coaching teachers and helping transform pedagogy in an ubiquitous technology environment? Some though-provoking responses:
Never give up on innovation. Never stop learning how our classrooms can be better places to learn.
You need to take an interest in and actively discover what teachers teach and want to teach whether it seems directly related to technology or not.
Personalized and differentiated professional development
Have a great sense of humor!
Have something to contribute? The survey is still open here and we'd love your input!