Put me in, coach: Coaching the digital educator (part 2)

Coaching can provide a networked community to jumpstart implementation


Welcome back. In Part 1 of this series, we discovered the downside to technological integration: that some educators remain uncertain about the best approaches, practices, and implementations for technology in the learning environment.

One method for breaking down these barriers is to incorporate coaching that supports and mentors educators, while providing a rich, supportive communal atmosphere that fosters collaboration and innovation.

In Part 2, we’ll delve into three coaching models recommended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). These coaching models are designed to ensure educator success and enhance professional development by aligning coaching with the educator’s own knowledge and beliefs.

Model One: Cognitive Coaching

According to the Thinking Collaborative (TC), an organization that offers educational programs and seminars, “Cognitive Coaching is a model that supports individuals and organizations in becoming self-directed, and in turn, becoming self-managing, self-monitoring and self-modifying.” Cognitive Coaching does this through coaching question techniques, feedback loops, and conversational models.

(Next page: Models 2-3)