Coaching Cycles

What does a coaching cycle look like?

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Instructional Coach of Digital Age Learning (iDAL)

When asked, "what do you do?" I have an elevator speech with a lot of buzz words:


I work in partnership with teacher to grow their implementation of best practice. I don't evaluate or make judgements. Our goal is the same. Student growth. Together, we analyze student work, identify trends, and make instructional decisions based on student data.

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A Typical Coaching Cycle

The most important piece of a coaching cycle is the reason why the cycle exists. The students. A cycle begins with a student goal. What do we want our students to be able to do? Once a goal is set, we set a 4-6 week plan.


Typical flow of a cycle includes the following parts:


  • Look at student data/work
  • Set a learning target
  • Set initial meeting to plan cycle
  • Weekly conversations to look at data and set next steps
  • Plan what each lesson will look like
  • Assess students
  • Compare data
  • Reflect
  • Share

Coaching Cycle Ideas

  • I want my students to be able to make reasonable claims and support them with evidence.
  • I want my students to be able to us dialogue correctly.
  • I want my students to be able to make inferences about a character.
  • I want my students to be able to write a persuasive argument.
  • I want my students to spell multi-syllable words with double consonants correctly.
  • I want my students to be able to ask and answer questions effectively.
  • I want my students to write effective leads in an informational writing piece.
  • I want my students to be able to recall numbers that make 10 quickly.
  • I want my students to be able to draw conclusions from their observations.
  • I want my students to be able to compare fractions.
  • I want my students to be able to add and subtract decimals.
  • I want my students to.....