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ERIC Number: EJ1118209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2164-0246
Using an Observation Coaching Checklist to Provide Feedback to Teachers
Lia, Michelle
Journal of Catholic Education, v20 n1 Article 17 Oct 2016
When one hears the term "coach" one often thinks of someone standing on the sideline of an athletic field with a whistle, and a clipboard. An instructional coach is someone who also cheers teachers on, providing guidance and support in order to move teachers forward in their practice. Much like their students, teachers also benefit from receiving feedback that helps them to grow. Teachers also need to ask these questions: Where am I going? How am I going? Where to next? (Hattie, 1999). When teachers are observed and given meaningful, constructive feedback on their teaching, they have the knowledge to know what adjustments may be needed that keep them moving forward. The challenge with teacher feedback has to do with who is giving it, how it is given, when it is given, and how the information is used. The use of an instructional coach can solve some of these challenges. Feedback is generally best received from someone who does not sign their paycheck or complete their evaluation. The idea of an instructional coach is not new, but it is definitely among the educational best practices that have been resurrected in recent years. The author discusses her reflections, experiences, and lessons learned during he career as an instructional coach. In her reflections, Michelle Lia remarks that her goals for the professional development and coaching in the context of the All Are Welcome grant were focused on the students and how improved instruction would benefit them.
Loyola Marymount University. School of Education 1 LMU Drive, University Hall Suite 1760, Los Angles, CA 90045. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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