Coaching from Co-Workers

TxDHH Learning Bites 2/19/18


Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.

The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.

For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

It is essential that those charged with instructing others reflect on their teaching practices in order to enhance their student's learning. Therefore, effective coaching from a coworker can be a useful tool in both personal and professional growth. Co-worker coaching should be viewed as an means to building effectiveness, establishing strong peer relationships and providing lasting emotional support.

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.

If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.

When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Just a Minute PD

Read the quote below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.
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Prefer to Read a Blog?

Everyone Needs to Join the #ObserveMe Movement

As teachers, we are often asked to reflect back on our first year of teaching. Initially, we think about all of the things we should have done differently, but it is equally important to remember that initial passion we had about teaching… our commitment to ensuring that each and every student would succeed … our desire to soak up new, exciting teaching practices … our excitement when given the opportunity to implement them in the classroom.

Looking for the Research?

How Does Coaching Affect Classroom Practice?

"Coaching provides ongoing consistent support for the implementation and instruction components. It is non-threatening and supportive—not evaluative. It gives a sense of how good professional development is. It also affords the opportunity to see it work with students. "

Read more in the research brief!

Effective Coaching: Improving Teacher Practice and Outcomes for All Learners

Want to Dig Deeper?

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation.

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar offers a coaching framework and dozens of tools which can used by a range of educators. The following is from chapter one:

What Can Coaching Do for a School?

There's generally an agreement that educators need more knowledge, skills, practice, and support after they enter the profession. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), calculates that it takes ten thousand hours of deliberate practice -- practice that promotes continuous improvement -- to master a complex skill. This translates into about seven years for those working in schools. The majority of teachers and principals want professional development; they want to improve their craft, be more effective, implement new skills, and see students learn more.

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Mental Health Musings

What does it mean to teach? Does it mean giving learners step by step directives and then passing out a grade based on their ability to comply compared to their peers? What if teaching was so much more.....

Teachers, regardless of their audience, should leave their learners with the ability to think for themselves and reflect on how they, the learners, need to improve. If we took the time to remember, every one has the ability to learn, would this shape the methods we use to teach and help us remember the reason we chose to teach in the first place?

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Warm Up Exercises

We spend lots of time moving our hands, fingers and arms in ways that some are not used to doing for the length of time that interpreters are required to do so. Proper self-care is critical to ensure the ability to continue working without causing harm to yourself.

Read this article to get some ideas for ways Yoga can help you keep your body healthy and avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is something many interpreters struggle with.
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Learning how to use Yellkey

Yellkey is great for situations that need to share a URL, but it does not need to be permanent. It is great for those quick websites that may not be shared links elsewhere.

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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?

Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!

Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

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