How To Effectively Engage Your Teachers During the First Week of School

First Teacher Interactions

Welcome to “Ask the Tech Coach,” a podcast for Instructional Coaches and Technology Integration Specialists.

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Susan discuss the importance of starting the school year off on the right foot by having strategic ways to interact with teachers and administrators in your buildings.

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Weekly Topic

  1. Hallway Conversations
    1. Keep things simple
    2. Keep things personal … not business (non techie)
    3. Build rapport; find something in common – Get to know them and vice versa
  2. Introduction Email
    1. Introduce yourself and your role
    2. What do you do … what do you not do?
    3. What can you help with?
    4. How do teachers get in contact with you?
  3. Inviting yourself to Department Meetings / Staff Meetings
    1. Learn what is going on in the classroom and encouraging them to include you in the conversation.
  4. Being a Fly on the Wall in Classrooms
    1. Get a feel for the teacher’s presentation style, use of equipment, use of online tools. Be interested in what the students are doing.
  5. Introduction Newsletter
    1. Start with an Introduction Email
    2. Work your way into the curricular content
    3. Keep your newsletters full of value that will help them be successful in their classrooms
    4. Give them carrots
      1. Keyboard Shortcuts
      2. Did you know
  • Favorite Chrome Extension
  1. Non-Threatening Website
    1. Start small with an introductory page with your roles as a coach.
    2. Slowly add items as you get a feel for the curriculum they are teaching and the tech needs they ask about.

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