The Importance Of Instructional Coaching

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Similarly Kowal and Steiner (2007) use research to support instructional coaching as a means of raising student achievement but they also suggest guidelines for instructional coaching from proven professional development practices. They emphasize that the precious resources that are being poured into coaching programs are not in vain. The article defines effective instructional coaching and makes connections to research to support the authors’ statements on the importance of instructional coaching. The definition of an instructional coach described is put simply as an instructional coach is defined as someone whose primary professional responsibility is to bring practices that have been studied using a variety of research methods into classrooms …show more content…
The existing research given of instructional coach training at the time concentrated on training content specifics, new teaching practices, and general coaching skills. They even suggest training in students with disabilities and English Language Learners so that instructional coaches are up to date on practices for diverse learners. The article also brings attention to the complexity of linking student achievement and instructional coaching. There are many different factors that contribute to the successfulness of student achievement. Determining if the instructional coaching has a negative or positive impact is difficult to track because of the limitations of teacher and student data (Kowal and …show more content…
The question guiding this study was: Does more time spent with teachers in the classroom result in higher child outcomes? The study was measuring the impact on coaching teachers in a preschool setting working on the assumption that the more an instructional coach spent with a teacher than the more impact of student learning the teacher would have. Over three years the study was conducted with time spent on instructional coaching increased each year. The research findings showed more of a significant jump in student impact when coaches were spending time with teachers in the first year of instructional coaching. During this year the instructional coaches focused on instructional efficacy with teachers in specific content and teaching methods. It also saw the coaches directly facilitate and support instructional theory into practice. It is the most intense year of studying the measurement of student impact. While the other years did see an impact on student learning, the change was not as significant. The instructional coaches were spending more time in the classrooms after the first year but the focused instruction on content stayed the same or lessoned. The important finding in the research article was that it is not more time coaching that makes the impact, it is imperative to balance time spent with teachers in each

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