Four best practices for instructional tech coaches

Prioritize communication, relationships and support systems

Instructional technology coaches can help teachers improve instruction by guiding the adoption of ed tech into the classroom. Here are four key strategies:

  • Prioritize communication. Coaches need to listen to the needs of the teacher, which are ultimately the needs of the students. After listening, they can provide feedback or try to find a solution or enhancement that technology can provide. When they find a solution, coaches then can ask teachers what help they would need to implement it.
  • Focus on relationships. The best tech coaches take time to get to know teachers on a personal level and understand their challenges in the classroom. Trust is part of coaching.
  • Build trust. Coaches need to build one-on-one relationships with teachers on an equal playing field. Coaches must make people feel comfortable with them so they can suggest things and the teacher will be open to it.
  • Develop a support system. While a support system is important for teachers and other school employees, tech coaches especially benefit as their roles are often misunderstood and overwhelming.

Read our main feature on tech coaching: How coaches help teachers get the most from ed tech

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