Giving Quality Feedback

Choosing a Feedback Focus Area


For many instructional coaches, identifying areas of growth isn't a problem. That's because teaching is difficult and complex!

But getting a long list of quick fixes all at once can be overwhelming for a teacher, and not much is going to stick. That's why we think an instructional coach should identify one (1!) high-leverage focus area per observation and feedback cycle.

This mini is about how to choose where to start, and how to roll-out a teacher's Big Takeaway in a coaching meeting.

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Additional Resources

“Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes That Stick” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class helps instructional coaches and school leaders practice strategies for coaching teachers to make meaningful, long-lasting improvements in their instruction.

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Preparing a Coaching Agenda

Got your Big Takeaway? Boom! Click here to learn about how to run the coaching meeting where you'll roll it out.

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