How to Stay Connected with Teachers … When You Can’t Physically Meet with Them

Michael Thomas

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

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff sits down with Instructional Coach Michael Thomas to discuss his passion for supporting teachers, podcasting, and his advice to Instructional Coaches during the cold days of winter!

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Question Topic: How can a coach successfully support every teacher when trying to support a large number of school buildings?

Weekly Topic

  • Transitioning from Teacher to Instructional Coach
  • First presentations as an Instructional Coach
  • Covering a 62 School / 25,000 student school district as an Instructional Coach with a 3 Coach Team
  • A Typical Day as an Instructional Coach
  • Supporting Teachers
  • Creating Training Videos
  • Supporting/Promoting Computer Science Lessons
  • Creating Digital Learning Newsletters in SWAY and pushing through the LMS
  • 22 Tools for 2022 (District Badging System)
  • Communicating with district coaches through Teams Chat
  • Favorite Applications for Instructional Coaching
    • Microsoft Presenter Coach
    • Microsoft SWAY
  • Why it's important to spotlight teachers
  • How to connect teachers despite not being able to visit their classrooms

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About our Guest: Michael Thomas (Senior Learning Digital Analysist)

Michael was born in Burlington, VT and lived there most of his life. Having the opportunity for authentic learning experiences throughout his formative education years he wanted to deliver that to his future students. After completing his education through Johnson State College with a degree in Education he began his work in education as a paraprofessional and sports coach. After a few years of teaching, coaching soccer & basketball, he moved to Massachusetts and began a new phase as a head teacher in fifth grade. He spent time at two different schools in Springfield, one with a charter model and one with a more traditional model. During those seven years he learned and honed his technology skills such as utilizing a learning management system, using technology to create authentic learning opportunities and learning how to use technology to create actionable steps for student learning after assessments. Eventually, Michael was promoted within the district to his current position.

Mike is a huge proponent of using technology in education and a firm believer in the flipped classroom and blended learning models of teaching. His time teaching led him to discover his real passion in education, helping teachers understand the benefits of technology in the classroom. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, watching movies, brewing beer, playing bass and creating things with his hands.

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