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

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References: Eisenberg, E. (2010). Personalizing professional development: Why instructional coaches make a difference. Education Week, 29(32), 30-31.

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