A Best-Practice Guide for Local Trainers, Support Teams and Administrators on Supporting Classroom Teams
Whether you are an administrator, instructional coach, teacher on special assignment, or supporting classroom teams in some other capacity, your direct support can have a tremendous impact on student outcomes. Sharing your expertise promotes best-practices and increases teachers’ use of effective teaching strategies that will lead to greater student success. Here are a few guidelines for effective consultation!
Be Present: When classroom teams see you in training workshops and in their classrooms, they know you value the work that they do and are invested in their success. Observing teams in action provides you knowledge on how to deliver effective support.
Be Positive: Even when assisting a team with a challenge. find something positive. It’s important that the classroom team hear something they are doing well, even if they are struggling in other areas.
Be Friendly: You want your classroom staff to be comfortable around you so that the support you give is well-received and effective. Addressing classroom teams in a friendly and warm manner will set a precedence for positive interactions. Try to avoid technical jargon. Engage your team with everyday language that they connect with.
Be Prompt: If someone needs your help, responding quickly demonstrates that you care about your team and their students’ success.
Be Current: Stay up-to-date on best-practices in the field. Just because you are not providing direct instruction to students, it’s important that you can speak a teacher’s language and understand their concerns. Attend conferences, subscribe to journals, read the news.
Be Knowledgeable: Make sure to know what the challenges are in the classroom. Keep an eye on student progress and pay attention to the feelings, attitudes, and challenges of the classroom staff so that you can offer support quickly and efficiently in identified areas of need.
Be Resourceful: Always remember that if you don’t know the answers, there are others that probably do. Consult other administrators, coaches, or building personnel. Make a point to foster your own professional learning network so you always have somewhere to turn.