Instructional Coaching at WMU

January 29 - February 2

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Research Based Instructional Strategies

Feel free to check out these different instructional strategies below. This is just a simple resource and some links are provided for your convenience.

What are Research Based Instructional Strategies?

General Approaches: Used across all disciplines and/or grade levels

  • Questioning
  • Feedback
  • Summarizing
  • Note taking

Specific Approaches:

Why are different approaches important?

  • Efficiency
  • Systematic
  • Diversity of learners

How should you select the different instructional strategies?

  • Think about 2 important Factors...

  1. Student Learning Outcomes- What do you want them to know or be able to do?
  2. Learners- Background knowledge, learning styles, Diverse Learners, Interests, Preferences

Until next week,


Tools and Observations

There are endless possibilities of what I can help you with and or collect data on in your instruction each day. Below, I have compiled a list of 5 great tools I have access to through NTC. This is the framework I have received training in and feel that these tools are highly beneficial and useful. Take a look and think about what may be of interest to you and how we can work together. Keep in mind that it is always beneficial to have a pre-observation meeting, and a post observation meeting to plan, observe, and reflect. As student-centered and focused as we can be, the better!

  • Tool #1: Collaborative Assessment Log: This tool allows us to identify what is going well and what isn't. We can start with this tool to pinpoint where instructional growth areas are needed and formulate a plan moving forward.
  • Tool #2: Analyzing Student Work: This tool allows us to identify through our analysis exactly what meeting a standard looks like and helps us be able to sort with a plan. It also allows us to formulate a plan moving forward by generating a diagnostic of where each student is at with each particular standard.
  • Tool #3: Focused Teacher Observation: This tool is focused on what is observed and has a spot for reflective questions and again, a plan moving forward.
  • Tool #4: Planning for Effective Instruction: This focuses on intentional planning and planned assessment. Thinking about linking to a standard or standards and how we can best instruct to get the intended results.
  • Tool #5: Selective Scripting: This tool is unique where I write down everything that is said in a lesson (as best as possible) from the teacher side and the students side. We can collect valuable information as it puts the time everything was said and we can see how long we actually spend on a concept and what types of questions students are asking and how we are responding. This is one of my favorite tools and is interesting to look back and have a reflection on as well.

Here is a list of the other tools provided as well. Feel free to ask about them if you would like more information!

  • Lesson Plan- Backwards Design
  • Co-Assessment Summary- Individual Learning Plan
  • Content Strategies and Alignment
  • Designing Standards-Based Units of Study
  • Instructional Groups
  • Knowing Students
  • Seating Chart: Movement, Interaction, and/or Behavior Patterns

I have also utilized a classroom management log as well. This looks at engagement and disruptions and when they are occurring and what types of disruptions are occurring. We can reflect on how our instruction and planning can yield desired results.

As a quick reminder, the expectation at the beginning of the year was stated that everyone schedules at least 3 observations. This will allow us to work together collaboratively and intentionally. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication each day.