Three years in the classroom and now an instructional coach. We all know what you are thinking. Three years in the classroom, how can she help me? I have taught for way longer, I don't need her assistance. Finally, in my fourth year as an instructional coach at Westview Elementary, I feel like I have solidified my role to myself and to the teachers here at Westview. Within the past three years, many changes have occurred. One of the biggest was beginning our work as instructional coaches with David Holden through AAIS. Dave has provided us with coaching resources, instructional resources as well as many protocols and procedures for coaching. Along with these detailed resources and plans, he has prompted us through reflecting on why we do what we do. Through this I have been reflecting and refining my practice as an elementary instructional coach. Brainstorming how to make all aspects of my role better for teachers here at Westview.
Last year teachers were able to sign-up for coaching through a Google Sheet shared amongst all teachers here at Westview. This helped with developing coaching relationships with teachers and identifying what teachers were needing from me. But there was still more I wanted to do, more that I know our teachers at Westview needed.
Towards the end of last year, after meeting with David Holden a few times, our building admin and me thought that "Instructional Rounds" would be a good way to facilitate a paradigm shift. A shift in thinking about our learning in a new manner. A manner of learning from our peers, debriefing about what we understand as best practice and beginning to plan intentionally. Instead of our “Instructional Rounds” identifying a need or problem amongst the building as traditional rounds do, we designed them into being observations that drive best practice conversations across grade levels and departments. Best practices centered around our district wide NEE indicators of student engagement, formative assessment and critical thinking.
Through “Dave Week” I was provided with tools and protocols that have supported myself and teachers through the development of our Instructional Rounds at Westview. My hope is that these rounds will do two things: 1) Create a culture where teachers are willing and open to observe or be observed and conduct debriefings centered around best practice, and 2) Teachers will feel validated in their own practice and/or receive new resources or instructional practices to take back to their classroom.
We will see what the year brings as we meet with David Holden and other things evolve. But excitement stirs because it is October and I know exactly what each of our teachers are looking for from me. Go ahead, take a chance on me.
Jessica Broadbent | Westview Elementary Instructional Coach
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