Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.
I have learned that professional technology learning is often a one-time event because the people who facilitate it are from outside of the school community. Follow Up Support after Teacher Professional Development suggested schools should create an environment where teachers support one another in learning, and implementing new teaching strategies, tools, and frameworks throughout the year will increase collaboration among teachers and help spread best practices. This environment can be created and maintained using teacher leaders to provide ongoing support to teachers, particularly in learning educational technology. Schools should leverage the expertise of teacher leaders and offer opportunities for peer-led professional learning. For example, implement peer demonstration classrooms that allow teachers to use new tools and teaching strategies while being observed by peers who can provide feedback and get ideas about using those same tools and strategies in their classrooms.
Educators can seek out opportunities for leadership by offering feedback that is timely, actionable, specific, and related to agreed-upon learning outcomes to peers. Teacher Coach Relationship-Building Alliances with Effective Feedback on using the following strategies to provide peers effective feedback and build a strong relationship to improve teaching outcomes.
1. Diagnostic feedback describes why a lesson has not succeeded and clarifies the teaching principles that will support improvement.
2. Prescriptive feedback provides specific directions about what to do differently.
3. Descriptive feedback narrates the teaching performance in detail, including what did and didn’t work.
4. Micro-feedback adjusts or “tweaks” successful lessons. It works best with teachers who have already demonstrated a degree of expertise.