This is a question I have been trying to answer since I was offered this position in May, both for others and for myself, and quite frankly, it is not an easy question. In my PLC group at Wabash Valley Education Center, where I get to meet with other instructional coaches from the area, I am learning that we all have some pretty varied roles.
The main goals of the position, though, remain steady and are shown nicely in the picture over there <--- and in the article here.
In essence, my job is like that of any coach - to "assist people in developing to their full potential." According to Topend Sports, "the role of the coach is to create the right conditions for learning to happen and to find ways of motivating the athletes." It seems to me that my job is much the same and I always wanted to be a coach, so....
(Just kidding. I never saw myself as a coach, as evidenced by my complete lack of a competitive nature.)
I do not presume nor pretend to have all the answers, but I do hope I can help us discover some! I hope to ask questions that can lead to solutions and create situations that will allow us to learn from one another. I hope you'll join me.
And after we win the Superbowl, we can say "I'm going to Disney World!"
I am a high school teacher in Wheatfield, Indiana, trying to reach out to my kids in a way that works for them.