Peer Coaching

Howard Elementary

What is it?

The Peer Coaching Program, supported by the TLC, is a proven methodology for training teacher leaders to serve as peer coaches for their colleagues. Peer Coaching assists teachers to improve their instruction and increase student achievement. Peer coaches help other colleagues in their schools integrate technology into classroom learning activities and improve lesson design.

Coach's Role

  • initiate coaching relationship: brainstorm lesson activities that might be improved in the coaching cycle
  • guide and collaborate time to improve lesson design with the integration of content and 21st century skills
  • model practices
  • observe and reflect
  • no evaluation
  • as the “first level of technical support”; answer quick and easy questions when someone is “stuck”; point them toward other help if necessary

Partner's Role

  • take responsibility for your own learning
  • be willing to take risks and learn with a peer coach
  • accept the opportunity to revisit your practices and make improvements that are more 21st century focused
  • be honest about student engagement and achievement so that growth can be targeted and accomplished
  • ask questions, contribute ideas and elevate your instructional planning with 21st century skill integration with the help of your peer coach
  • let your needs be known. If you need focussed time, ask and collaborate with the principal/coach to plan for this
  • show your efforts toward improving student achievement and growth with artifacts generated via peer coaching