Coaching Teachers into the 21st Century
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21st Century Teacher Attributes
If one of Today's Teachers needed support and guidance to better communicate with those around him/her I would first determine the best tool that would meet their needs. After that, I would connect him/her with another professional who is using the tool to show him/her the potential of the tool. Once they've seen the tool in actual use I would provide the necessary training and support them with setting up and using the tool in their classroom.
Collaboration is not only productive and can potentially save time, it also allows teachers to design optimal learning experiences for their students. If a teacher needed help collaborating with others, as a coach I would first establish a relationship with them and seek to understand why collaboration wasn't happening. Once the relationship is established I would then introduce tools like Google Drive, Trello, or Google Plus. Depending on the tool I would help this person by providing them the necessary professional development to understand how to use the tool, but I would also provide ongoing support as to how to implement the tool in their professional practice.
Providing the initial professional development as well as the follow-up coaching/support will be very beneficial for this person and give them the necessary skills to successfully collaborate with others.
Most teachers are excited at the thought of learning something new. They are especially more likely to do it if they have the resources. As a coach in this scenario, I would converse with the teacher and find out what they would like to learn more about. After that, I would help them narrow down a possible source to receive this professional development. Before the professional development, I would encourage them to reflect on what they would like to get out of it. Following the training, I would ask the teacher how their experience went and encourage them to share their knowledge with others.