What is a Math Coach?
“Instructional coaching is basically advice and counsel designed too meet the needs of a specific teacher. On-site coaches work one-on-one with teachers to help them understand what data to collect, analyze, and use to improve instruction. Intensive collaboration and planning occur between coach and teacher before, during, and after a teacher’s lesson, to ensure high-quality instruction appropriate to meeting the needs of all the students. Coaches provide regular, ongoing professional development to a school’s entire faculty, which encourages staff members to become part of a community of learning and practice” (Eisenberg, 2010, p. 30).
What Coaching IS
- Observing teachers and providing feedback
- Co-teaching and co-planning with teachers
- Facilitating professional development
- Helping teachers find ways to use data to drive instruction
What Coaching IS NOT
- Acting as a teacher’s aide
- Evaluating teachers
- Working as a substitute teacher
References: Eisenberg, E. (2010). Personalizing professional development: Why instructional coaches make a difference. Education Week, 29(32), 30-31.