EDTC6105 ISTE-Coaching

ISTE-Coaching: Supporting and Sustaining Successful Coaching

ISTE Coaching Standards

ISTE-C Standard 2: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

f. Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiences

Standard 6: Content Knowledge and Professional Growth

b. Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management, and adult learning to improve professional practice

c. Regularly evaluate and reflect on their professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology-enhanced learning experience

Inquiry Question:
What essential skills do tech coaches need to be successful and how they can keep up with their own professional learning?

Relationship Comes First

When I start doing peer coaching project in this course, I realized that as a tech coach, rich and solid technical skills and strategies are not the only crucial factors for sustained success, but relationship and partnership is the key to the effective coaching cycle. The strong trustful partnership will support the tech coach collaborate with teachers to initiate and implement creative ideas into classes to meet learning and teaching goals; teachers won’t feel uncomfortable when they take risks to try something new.

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Effective Listening with Understanding

Deepen Listening without interrupting not only can help tech coaches to anchor teachers’ needs but also an important protocol to show respects to teachers even most content of conversation is only complains. We believe that there are benefits to hearing complaints from teachers because each complaint contains an underlying request. My coachee complaint to me that it is impossible to have his student leading collaborative learning. The underlying request might be short of time or need panning or digital divided. Focusing on these potential difficulties, probing complaints with tailored questions to gain deeper understanding rather than trying to fix it immediately can help move the coaching to a productive opportunity for growth.

Identify the Comfortable Area and Perfect time to Offer Solutions

When the tech coach paragraphing teachers conversation and pinpoint the teachers’ real needs, it always has many strategies and digital tools in the tech coach’s mind which can support the coachee to improve student learning outcomes. All different cues and different ideas that the teacher has presented in coaching conversation can come together to create intuition in the tech coach’s brain. The intuition is about the teacher’s characteristics and preferences with which the tech coach can choose the best solution to support the teacher in the appropriate time rather than overwhelming and rush the teacher.

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Keep Up with Professional Learning 

It is important for the tech coach to keep growing up their technological and coaching expertise to provide teachers better. Exchanging experiences via the tech coach network is a helpful way to learn from each other and refresh coaching skills and abilities. The tech coaches can attend the face-to-face conference to build a professional network with other coaches, such as EdCamp, ACAMIS. This is the link from my former blog introducing EdCamp. Most of EdCamp hosted in United Stated which is beneficial to the tech coaches and teachers nearby. ACAMIS stands for Association of China and Mongolia International Schools which is a non-profit membership organization hosted technology conferences every year to gather educators from across China and Mongolia to share best practices on technology integration. I attended the ACAMIS Shanghai 2019 technology conference. In this conference, I met and talked with many productive tech coaches who are glad to share their experiences with people. Several workshops on ISTE standards can benefit the new tech coaches to reference coaching standards and deepen understanding of SAMR or TPACK. Several workshops provided by veteran tech coaches from whom can help you jump out of the stuck loop and widen the vision to improve your coaching to be effective and meaningful.  

The virtual communities are also another convenient way to connect with each other, such as ISTE Connect EdTech Coaches Network, Future Ready Schools and Twitter hashtags. There are a few PLN resources in my former blog which also can help tech coaches to build connections. There are some EdTech Podcasts created by educators as the great resources for tech coaches, TED Talks Education, House of #EdTech.

As the tech coaches, we need to strengthen our interpersonal skills and deepen coaching standards understanding from our professional development to capture teachers’ issues, preferences and needs to provide diverse help to facilitate them achieve learning goals with technology integration to improve student learning. 


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4 thoughts on “ISTE-Coaching: Supporting and Sustaining Successful Coaching”

  1. Enjoyed learning how you put active listening and paraphrasing to work and how they shaped your coaching relationship. Really liked your experience listening to complaints to get to the heart of what your peer really wanted to collaborate on. And the resources you site should be great for ongoing professional learning.

  2. Agree completely on the need for educators to keep up with professional learning. There are so many new developments in all fields that educators need to make learning part of their yearly development. You suggest two great resources. The first is for educators to use conferences like EdCamp, ACAMIS, and ISTE workshops to enhance their professional development. The other is to build a virtual, learning community. I particularly like this last one, as it can be done with fellow faculty at your own school!

  3. Helen,
    I appreciate how you articulate all elements of effective coaching in your blog post. By highlighting the technological skill sets, relationship building and maintaining, along with professional development you encompass what makes instructional technology coaching jobs one of the best education careers out there. Thank you for modeling what it means to strive towards exemplary coaching behaviors while empowering everyone to do and bring their best each and every day.

  4. Helen,

    It is great to learn from you how the teaching profession is in China. I enjoyed reading about the organization you have that involves teachers from China and Mongolia to get together for professional development conferences. Your coaching relationship has grown and it sounds as though you made great progress.

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