How Should a Digital Learning Coach Introduce Themselves To Their Building Staff
In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss why it’s important to start the school year off on the right foot. So many times, tech coaches want to jump in and impress their teachers with how much they know and how big their website is. In reality, this is the opposite.
In order to have a successful start to the school year, it is important that you ask questions of your staff and get them to learn about your program and your intentions for working with them as a coach. It’s also important that you make yourself available to their needs as teachers.
Do you have suggestions or tips for starting the school year off on the best foot? We would love to have you leave a comment or contact us to be a part of our Tech Coaching community.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Should we be collecting data on our teachers?
- Who sees that data?
- How to collect accurate data but not use it to harm our staff/administration relationships
- How to Introduce Yourself on the First Day of School
- Blog Post: How to Introduce Yourself and Have a Great First Week of School as a Tech Coach
- The importance of “not over doing it” on the first day
- You don’t have to impress them … just impress ON them what your goals are for helping them AND their students
- Listen, Listen, Listen
- What was exciting about last year?
- What was frustrating?
- What are your plans for this year and how can I help you achieve those goals?
- Showcase … don’t Show Off your resources
- Leave with with something they can use tomorrow in their classes.
- How to keep a record of your daily teacher interactions
- Best method to keep your records?
- What do you do with that data?
- Do you talk to your teachers about the data?
- Do you talk to your administrators about the data?
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This weeks question is:
What are you doing this year to introduce yourself to your staff and students?
Explore these Resources
In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:
- Minecraft Education Edition coming for the iPad
- Kahoot Certified Educator Program Launching – (check out our podcast)
- Schoology Updates – Reorder Courses, Reorder Groups, View Badges on IOS devices
Tech Coach Tip of the Week
- Learning comes first. Give your teachers an opportunity to just play with the tool before diving in head first. Then, assess where they are and what they want to know. This personalizes it to their specific needs and they will welcome the change of pace.
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