Kendall, J. (2006). Three simple secrets of school-based coaching. Teacher Leaders Network.

Author: Kendall, J.


Juli Kendall, as a literacy coach with over 15 years of experience, offers her coaching advice in "Three Simple Secrets of School-Based Coaching." She sympathizes with coaches who are flung into coaching positions without much guidance, and suggests some helpful hints for these coaches. First, she suggests talking to teachers, asking how you can help them and their students best. Second, she emphasizes the importance of building a trusting relationship with the teacher; part of this trust-building may mean you have to run copies, sharpen pencils, or finding library resources. Kendall stresses trust as a key to successful coaching, and developing trust may take some time. Third, she says that it is important to get feedback from teachers, and this can be done in short, non-threatening conferences that won't take away from a teacher's already tight schedule. Meet in the lunchroom, in the parking lot, or have chats between classes. She concludes by saying that coaching is simple if you remember to listen, teach by example, and be patient.

Date Added: 12/12/2006


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