The Coach Microcredential Graduate 2020
My goals for this microcredential were to introduce and develop the coaching concept within the school while increasing my coaching skills and techniques.
I planned to meet them by helping my colleagues understand what coaching was, providing the opportunities for them to be coached, if they wanted, and learn how to be a better coach.
Tianna’s Final Project Video
What would success look like if you met your goals? What steps do you think you need to take to reach those goals?
I know I will be successful in reaching these goals if I feel more confident as a coach – both with more tools in my toolbag and knowing how to coach someone. I also will know I have been successful if fellow teachers who have felt that being coached by me was beneficial and helped them along their own learning journeys. I want to practice coaching with willing participants and, in doing so, want to become more comfortable with different styles and techniques for coaching.
I need to learn new strategies, refine my current strategies and practice coaching in order to reach my goals. By introducing something fairly new to my faculty and staff, I will need the support of administration and the teachers themselves as they need to be open to being coached.
What challenges did you think you and/or your stakeholders might face and how did you plan to overcome those challenges?
I think there will be a number of challenges. These may include:
What did you think the impact would be on your school environment as you worked towards and ideally, achieved your goals?
I think it will help teachers be more comfortable with technology integration and with coaching in general. Teachers will have a better understanding of what coaching looks like and how it is beneficial to their teaching practice.
I also believe that it might help more people to share best practices more regularly. Currently, I find that overall people are quite hesitant to share out what is happening in their own classrooms. And as a whole, teachers are doing really great things and shouldn’t be afraid to share.
What are you hoping to see in your school environment as you conduct and conclude the project?
I hope to see large numbers of teachers asking for coaching, teachers helping other teachers, and big strides toward getting more teachers comfortable using technology.
What has gone well so far?
I have felt like overall the personal project has been going pretty well. I laid out my plan for the coaching journey that I have been following over the course of this year and added details along the way to help clarify different aspects of it. By doing this, I also had a plan of what clips, images, examples, etc that I needed to gather so that I wasn’t scrambling for them at the end. And as I do well with checklists, I was able to include this feature into the document so that I could visually see what was needed and what I already had.
What surprises and/or challenges have you had?
In putting the final project together, I realized that I didn’t have enough images to cover the voice recordings that I was adding. It was challenging to know the length of the “script” that I would be speaking before I had thought it all the way through. As a result, I had to look for and gather more documentation.
I also found that recording speech was more challenging than I expected as I was getting different sounds depending on how I recorded. I re-recorded sound bites many times until finding the best solution – using my headphones with a connected microphone.
I was also a little disappointed with the creativity portion of my video as I had wanted it to be something more interesting to watch. I did try around a variety of different ways to share the info, but in the end went back to something I was more comfortable with for ease of use and creating a finished product that showed my journey. It just means that I’ve got more learning and experimenting to do!
Another challenge/surprise for me was the addition of my school moving to Distance Learning as a result of the coronavirus. At a time when I was really trying to buckle down on my final project and wrap up loose ends, I now had a huge additional workload to add to my plate and my mental capacity. However, the silver lining in this was that teachers have been really upskilling in technology in a very short amount of time and have been asking to join the coaching rotations with me as a result.