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Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers



Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Jon Saphier (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-27901-3 July 2016 Jossey-Bass 496 Pages

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“Make sure your students follow your instructions.” That sounds like a straightforward instruction, but in fact, it’s fairly abstract. What does a teacher actually have to do to make sure students are following? Even the leader delivering this direction may not know, and the first-year teacher almost certainly doesn’t. The vast majority of teachers are only observed one or two times per year on average—and even among those who are observed, scarcely any are given feedback as to how they could improve. The bottom line is clear: teachers do not need to be evaluated so much as they need to be developed and coached.

In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed.

It’s the book’s focus on the actionable—the practice-able—that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success.

Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps.

Packed with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach’s guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach you:

  • The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent, 
  • Top action steps to launch a teacher’s development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide
  • The four phases of skill building:
    • Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal
    • Phase 2: Instant Immersion
    • Phase 3: Getting into Gear
    • Phase 4: The Power of Discourse

DVD Video Contents vii

DVD Additional Materials xix

Foreword xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Author xxvii

About Uncommon Schools xxix

Get Better Faster Scope and Sequence xxxi

Introduction 1

Changing the Game 3

Why Focus on New Teachers? 8

Myths and Realities of Coaching New Teachers 11

What Is “Better,” and How Fast Is “Faster”? 13

How This Book Is Structured 14

How to Use This Book 19

Dive In—Meet Your Teachers Where They Are 22

Ready to Dive In! 23

Principles of Coaching 25

Principle 1: Go Granular 27

Principle 2: Plan, Practice, Follow Up, Repeat 45

Principle 3: Make Feedback More Frequent 59

Start Here Quick Reference Guide 76

Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal 77

Phase 1 Coaching Blueprint: Leading PD 80

Phase 1 Management—Develop Essential Routines and Procedures 86

Phase 1 Rigor—Write Lesson Plans 107

Conclusion 127

Phase 2: Instant Immersion 129

Phase 2 Coaching Blueprint: Make Time for Feedback 132

Phase 2 Management—Roll Out and Monitor Routines 145

Phase 2 Rigor—Independent Practice 181

Conclusion 221

Phase 3: Getting into Gear 223

Phase 3 Coaching Blueprint: Looking at Student Work 225

Phase 3 Management—Engage Every Student 236

Phase 3 Rigor—Respond to Student Learning Needs 275

Conclusion 299

Phase 4: The Power of Discourse 301

Phase 4 Coaching Blueprint: Respond to In-the-Moment Data 303

Phase 4 Management—Set Routines for Discourse 308

Phase 4 Rigor—Lead Student Discourse 101 317

Conclusion 345

Stretch It: Ready to Paint 347

Stretch It Coaching Blueprint 349

Stretch It Rigor—Lead Student Discourse 201 354

Conclusion 385

Appendix: Get Better Faster Coach’s Guide 389

Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching) 390

Phase 2: Days 1–30 396

Phase 3: Days 31–60 407

Phase 4: Days 61–90 417

Stretch It: The Next Steps 424

Notes 429

How to Use the DVD 435

Access the Contents Online 436

Index 437