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Old 04-19-2019, 05:25 AM
 
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I will be the Lead Teacher at another local school within my district next year. I've never done this, but I'm super excited about the position.

What do you wish your Lead Teacher did to help you? I realize each school is different, and the P is the one directing the role, but I'd still like to keep things in mind that others need or appreciate from their LT.

I won't have a classroom of my own, so mine is more of an office position. My job description deals mostly with curriculum, pupil data progress, and orienting new teachers. Basically, I'll be the one helping to grow students by giving necessary training and/or resources.

I'd love any thoughts!


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I would say really, really listen to your teachers. Be honest because they are the ones in the trenches all day.

I used to sometimes think ďjust because you need a piece of data right this minute doesnít mean I can get it for you right this minute.Ē
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Try to make teachers' jobs easier, rather than harder. For example, give them templates, all set up and ready to fill in, when you are requesting data.

Let teachers know right at the start what data the need to be collecting, rather than asking later for information they didn't know they should gather.

Avoid meetings when an email could be substituted.

Be available to help individuals with understanding how to gather, understand, and analyze the data that may be available on their students and then figure out how to use it to teach more effectively.

I assume that you are not in a supervisory or evaluating role. Make it clear that you are not reporting to administration any questions or struggles an individual teacher may have. You want them to feel comfortable and safe asking for your guidance.

So good you are thinking of these issues now. I hope your new position goes really well
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When I ask for help with resources, giving me websites is not helpful. Help me get activities, assessments, and plans is what I need.

On board 100% with if an email will work, donít hold a meeting. PRemade forms to add data to is also useful.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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Is this similar to an instructional coach? I ask because I can't find any groups here for coaches. Thinking I might be looking for wrong group.


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Luvinit - I'm not sure. We don't have an Instructional Coach at my school nor district, so I'm assuming they're the same or close. Does the job description sound similar?

Thanks for all the input so far! I'm taking it all in. I'm still teaching right now, so coming right out of the trenches will be an asset in the respect of knowing what they're experiencing. I just also know that everyone is different, so things I'd like from my LT may not be what others would like.

Keep the suggestions and thoughts coming! Thanks!
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I once had a lead teacher that had only taught fifth grade and another that had only tutored for one year. The fifth grade only lead couldnít get it through her head that fifth grade strategies donít work for K-2.

The tutor only lead teacher did not respect our time nor understand we couldnít teach his favorite subject all day long. He would come in and start talking about whatever when we were in the middle of a lesson. When we were stressed from trying to juggle so much he couldnít understand because he could walk out and hide in his office whenever he wanted.

Also, neither one ever asked what we wanted or needed. They only focused on what they thought was important.
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This sounds kind of like our Coordinated Early Intervention Specialist in my county- they ďcoachĒ teachers on interventions and gather our data.

Donít lose sight of your time in the classroom. Get in to classrooms- donít spend all your time in your office. Nothing frustrates me more than someone telling me what to do with students that has never been in my room, or doesnít work with children on a regular basis.
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Thanks again for all the thoughts! I'm writing them down to keep in mind as I make this transition. I don't want to be "that" teacher who shows up at a school and makes a bunch of changes before observing what's truly needed. At the same time, I want to help them with whatever IS needed.

Your input helps a lot.
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I think a good place to start would be to ask the teachers what they want/need. At my school we have plenty of coaches that tell us what we need. Listen to your teachers. Donít have them reinvent the wheel. If the data or whatever is needed is easily available for everyone to see by the click of a key, why have teachers copy it over or create another document?
Respect their time. Support and encourage.
Iíve read your posts - you will do an amazing job!


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Iíve read your posts - you will do an amazing job!
Awww.... thank you!

That means a lot.
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I've never heard the "lead teacher" term, but I'm guessing based on context this is like an instructional coach? You won't be teaching yourself but will be coaching other teachers?

In my previous school, I had one that would make materials for me. So often, when you meet with someone like a coach more and more work is piled on to your plate as you implement all of the "great new ideas" said coach has come up with. This coach really worked hard to avoid that. For example, I wanted to work on the centers in my room. She helped me come up with some new ones and then made the materials for some of them. It felt more like a true partnership and it kept complaints about work inequality at bay. She also was willing to model things or cover classes if we wanted to go see another teacher do something. Be willing to get in the trenches- don't just give ideas and expect the teachers to do all of the work.

She was also very serious about not tattling to admin about what she saw in classrooms. I remember asking her about a particularly rough student and she gave me an idea that I wasn't sure admin would allow me to implement. She said she'd ask without saying which classroom/teacher/student she was talking about. Our current coach is very personable and I think many people trust her as a result of that, but she and P are BFFs. There is no way I believe she isn't talking to P about what she sees/giving opinions to P about what is going on in classrooms.
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Thanks for this thread. Iím interviewing Tuesday for an I instructional coaching job at the new 5-6 Schools in my district and feel I have a pretty good chance of getting it since I was approached to apply for it. I have taught both those grades in the subject Iím applying.

I really want the position to be more about helping with instruction and creating materials. I know gathering data will also be a big part but Iím hoping I will have access to all data, so I wonít have to bother teachers to get it.
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I’m hoping I will have access to all data, so I won’t have to bother teachers to get it.
I've thought the same thing. I'm pretty sure we'll have access to all of it, so I hope to get in there immediately and find my way around the data. I hope you get the job!

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She also was willing to model things or cover classes if we wanted to go see another teacher do something.
I really like this idea and I honestly never thought about doing that. It would be way easier than trying to explain what someone else was doing.

Y'all are wonderful! All your ideas have helped me so much!
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