As we dive head-on into our second semester I want to extend myself to each of you and remind you of what my role as an instructional coach entails. My day-to-day job varies greatly. I balance my schedule between meeting the needs of new teachers, consulting with principals for guidance on general whole-school professional needs, planning and leading professional development, meeting with curriculum coordinators and other coaches to guide the district towards consistency. attend grade-level collaborations, observing teachers and giving feedback, and much more. The best part of this job is helping teachers help their students! I love supporting teachers with planning lessons or units, analyzing assessments, observing and giving feedback, teaching demonstration lessons, and idea-sharing in order to grow professionally. Please know that I am here and available to work with each of you in any capacity. My schedule is posted, but is often very flexible. Do not hesitate to be in touch if you need support or simply want someone to bounce an idea off. I will do everything I can to make my schedule work for you.
Specific Ideas for Support
If you're like me, you want specifics on what exactly the instructional coach can help with. When something is too broad, it's easy for me to feel overwhelmed and like it maybe doesn't apply to me. So, here is a list of specific things (in no particular order) of ways I am here to support you.
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I am an elementary instructional coach for the Sioux Falls School District.