Should Instructional Coaches Get Discouraged when their Teachers … Just Don’t Get It?

Ask the Tech Coach Episode 23

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss several strategies for working with teachers of all grade levels, subject levels, and most important, skill levels. It’s easy to create one type of professional development session, but what happens when you are working with a group and a teacher is struggling to understand certain concepts.

In today's podcast, we provide helpful tips and tricks for getting everyone on the same page quickly while making sure that all material is covered.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Should we get discouraged?
    • How to read the room?
    • What happens during awkward moments?
    • How to handle difficult situations?
    • What happens when you don’t know they are talking about you to your uppers?
  • Working through difficult times
    • Large Group
    • Small Group
    • 1:1 Learning
  • Four things you can do when things don’t go well
    • Don’t get discouraged yourself
    • Validate their concerns … don’t discredit them
    • Ask the audience for advice and suggestions
    • Provide follow up support after the session is over


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  • When things don’t go well, consider breaking out into smaller subgroups. This will allow you to better differentiate the teachers in your workshop and better meet their needs.

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