Guidelines for Coaches

  • Begin by helping the new teacher to establish realistic and appropriate goals for professional performance
  • Foster the novice’s sense of personal efficacy
  • Embed the teacher’s reflection within the context of the classroom
  • Challenge the novice to use a problem-solving approach to analyzing instructional events
  • Support the teacher’s efforts to try new instructional strategies
  • Guide and support reflection throughout the instructional process
  • Support and guide metacognitive reflection throughout the coaching process

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