Listen to Episode 78
In this episode of #coachbetter spotlight, Kim chats with Annalee Higgenbottom, currently 6-12 Instructional Technology Coach and Tech Coordinator at Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus. Annalee has had a very diverse educational background and this conversation highlights the many ways her experience has influenced her development as a coach
Bonus: Watch the spotlight version of this episode on YouTube!
Kim: How do you juggle the many hats coaches have to wear?
Annalee: I think co-teaching, it wasn’t something I gave a lot of thought to…but it has been one of the most powerful learning experiences I have ever been a part of…having an opportunity to partner and build up a rhythm is an honor to get to do that with a teacher.
Kim: One thing that frustrates me about cognitive coaching is that I feel pressure to exclusively ask questions…but my experience tells me sometimes questions can be annoying. You have spoken about being transparent as a coach.
Annalee: My job is to empower the people I work with. Sometimes that requires me to just go into their classroom teach the lesson have them watch and then leave..so that they can complete this unit this project. And I am ok with that…Be really explicit about which hat you are wearing.
Kim: Sometimes we say ‘coaching is all about the questions,’ but sometimes it is also about ensuring we are on the same page.
Annalee: Yes, I am going to ask questions, but that is often to make sure I am not taking them down a rabbit hole. Sometimes I need to sit next to that person and understand what they are seeing.
Kim: How do we track the data? As coaches we want to look at what’s been happening. What does data look like for you?
Annalee: It is something I am consciously working on. If you put a spreadsheet in front of me my eyes glaze over. I am lucky I have a colleague who is passionate about it. And yes it does come down to reflection. When you are in a place long enough you realize there are certain loops that repeat. I look now at asking questions to get feedback from the students…I need to be interested in knowing what students are seeing.
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