ERIC Number: EJ876338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Reference Count: 11
Tackling Resistance: Turn What Could Be a Very Bad Day into a Very Good Opportunity
Jay, Annemarie B.
Journal of Staff Development, v30 n5 p56-58 Dec 2009
The time-honored children's story "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is a prime example of someone having the kind of day people would like to avoid. Having a bad day can happen to anyone--even a dedicated literacy coach. An important component of coaching is building collaborative working relationships between the coach and teachers. When views about instructional practices are similar, positive relationships may develop quickly, but what happens when resistance is stronger than identifiable differences? A coach may find herself experiencing an "Alexander day" with a noncompliant teacher. There are many elements critical to creating an effective coach-teacher relationship. A school should have a shared vision for a particular improvement initiative, a common understanding of coaches' roles in that initiative, and a cadre of skilled, respected coaches. Even when all of the elements are in place, coaches will find that teachers are sometimes resistant. This article discusses strategies for addressing the resistant teacher in order to establish a more positive relationship.
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Consultants, Coaching (Performance), Interpersonal Competence, Teacher Attitudes, Resistance (Psychology), Interprofessional Relationship, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
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