4.3.a Establish Trusting and Respectful Coaching Relationships

4.3.a Establish trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.

Feedback is a critical element in a coaching relationship, and it is an important part of respectful relationship-building between coaches and teachers. In my post, Teacher Coach Relationship-Building Alliances with Effective Feedback, most coaches understand that feedback should be timely, actionable, specific, and related to agreed-upon learning outcomes. Still, we need to determine when to use four main types of feedback and with whom. The following table from my post has helped me understand critical coaching practices and offers suggestions for when coaches can use these practices.   

I used these strategies in my community project to co-plan a lesson with a teacher partner to keep my feedback specific, positive, and timely. I also focused on using empathetic listening skills with my project partner, who is new to our school and program. Most importantly, identifying a goal that my teacher partner felt manageable and met her needs truly motivated her to improve her professional learning with me.   


Effective Coaching: Improving Teacher Practice and Outcomes for All Learners (2005). National Center for Systemic Improvement, Retrieved from https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/NCSI_Effective-Coaching-Brief-508.pdf