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Importance of Coaching Conversations


One of the challenges of coaching conversations is ensuring they are interactive and put the teacher in charge of the conversation, not the coach. Coaching is a partnership where teachers and coaches learn from each other and from the students in front of them. Therefore, our coaching conversations must be spirited, interactive and shared. I rely on a few conversation starters to spark interactive conversation:
  • What you think about the lesson? What went well? What didn’t seem quite right?
  • How do you feel the students responded? What evidence do we have for their learning?
  • What do we need to do next to further student learning? What are they ready to know next? What lessons, materials and coaching might we plan for?
  • What did we learn about literacy teaching from our partnership?
While it may seem odd to plan so carefully for something as natural as a conversation, doing so will ensure a successful virtual conversation and strengthen coaching partnerships. I’ve been reading more on the topic and have some resources to share if you are working on this as well:


What are your favorite coaching prompts and conversation starters for coaching cycles? Share your thinking below or join our Facebook Community to connect with other instructional coaches!

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