Giving Quality Feedback

Practicing in a Coaching Session


Do your instructional coaching meetings look more like teacher therapy or like sports practice?

Talking about teaching can feel more gratifying, but you're a coach, coach! Without giving teachers the opportunity to *practice* what you want them to do differently, you're not likely to see them make meaningful changes that will stick.

Practice during a coaching meeting can take different forms: practicing decision-making, generating scripts for exactly what they plan to say during class, or role-playing to develop some muscle memory.

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Practice Perfect

As we've developed our theory of teacher development, we've drawn significant inspiration from Doug Lemov's "Practice Perfect." You'll be inspired by his big ideas around practice and improvement, and motivated by his practical suggestions around implementation.

From Amazon:

"In this book, the authors engage the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it’s not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The 'how-to' rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice."

Related Minis

Preparing a Coaching Agenda

Practice - makes sense! But... when during my meeting does practice happen? Click here to learn how to set an agenda.

Choosing a Feedback Focus Area

Practice - makes sense! But... what am I asking them to practice? Click here to learn how to choose a change area.