Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Educational Technology Office
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COACHING
How do we plug in the teacher?
Every Technology Learning Coordinator (TLC) will be “coaching” several teachers at
their respective school sites. Coaching is a process. Each teacher is unique, and the goals
of coaching sessions will derive from the needs of the coached teacher. Coaching requires
some planning. Everyone will benefit if we can establish some common but simple note-
taking guidelines so that we can share and learn from our experiences.
The “essential question” of educational technology is:
How can we use technology as a tool to improve student achievement rather
than an end in itself?
On a practical level, every teacher also wants to know:
How can technology make my life easier and more productive?
Consequently, the objectives of our coaching program are:
Meet the technology professional development needs of teachers:
o Basic technology skills & information literacy
o Higher-order thinking & tech integration in the classroom
Share knowledge, experiences, problems and best coaching practices.
Each TLC should keep a “coaching log.” The record you keep should be simple but
useful. Each coached teacher is unique. A teacher may have many needs, but the goal of
your coaching must be realistic; you cannot accomplish everything. Your notes should
reflect their individual needs and your progress in meeting their. Notes should include:
1. Name of the coached teacher:
Include grade level or assignment, and number of years teaching experience.
2. Clearly state your coaching goal for each coached teacher:
In one paragraph describe any needs-assessment that helped you select your goal.
What is their “LoTi”1 level? What is your plan? Will you group teachers for mini-
classes? Will you use any district or Internet resources in the process?
3. Document each session or type of coaching delivered.
Keep it simple. List date, length of time you met, and subject covered.
4. Post-coaching Summary - The Coached Teacher:
This is a post-coaching summary. Did your "coached teacher" achieve his or her
objective? Was he or she satisfied with the process, and would he or she do it
5. Post-coaching Reflection - You, the Coach"
What did you learn in your role as a “coach?” Is there anything you would change
in the future? How does "coaching" fit into your role as a TLC?
Note: Coaching notes may not be used for evaluation, nor may they be kept as any part of a permanent
record. You may substitute anonymous labels such as “Teacher A,” if you choose.
LoTi = Level of Technology Integration. See CTAP 4 flip-book you received, “Coaching Matters.”
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