The Importance of Forming Strong Relationships with Your Teachers: Featuring Jamie Wright

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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 welcome Jamie Wright a longtime tech coach and a colleague from NCCE. We have a conversation about building relationships with teachers and how to do that with intentionality.

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  • What is your word for this school year as you hit the ground running?
    • Susan – Intentionality with building relationships with teachers
  • Quick Coaching Conversations to Build Relationships
    • Conversation with administrators as the year begins to establish expectations.
    • Put yourself out there and make friends with teachers from the start.
    • Don’t start out by talking “business”. Develop a personal rapport; make them trust you and connect with you before “slamming” them with technology.
  • The Importance of attending grade level or subject area planning
    • Ask for those schedules. Don’t be afraid to walk in and “crash” the party.
    • Observe the conversation to drive the resources and materials that you share so they are more meaningful instead of just pulling tools and training topics out of left field.
  • Developing one to one relationships
    • Be authentic and honest
    • Don’t be afraid to mess up in front of them and admit you don’t know everything right away.
    • Treat them professionally and be patient with their knowledge level
    • Build the teachers’ confidence through motivation and encouragement
  • Providing concise info and limiting when you send it

About our Guest: Jamie Wright

Jamie is a 20 year veteran of public education with 15 of those years in the classroom at the middle and high school levels, and the rest as a Technology Integration Coach.  She’s a an ISTE Certified Educator, an MIE Expert, a Nearpod Pionear, and an EdPuzzle Coach.  She’s also a Harry Potter and Star Wars loving travel junkie.

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  • @jamiewrightTIC
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