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EDOL643. Best Prac. for Coaching and Ment Teacher

The purpose of this class is to equip teacher leaders with the theoretical understanding, knowledge and skill necessary to coach and/or mentor first and second year teachers as well as other teachers wishing to examine their practice. This course will focus on the development of the knowledge and skills to assist teachers in developing a cycle of reflective practice and improving their pedagogy. Teacher leaders will also learn and apply key features of adult learning and development. Additional topics will include building rapport among colleagues, conducting classroom observations, developing effective listening and questioning skills, providing constructive feedback to colleagues, and fostering a collaborative working environment among all stakeholders. The course will seek further to engage and seek input from local school districts regarding specific areas of concern derived in part from formal and informal teacher observations. 3 semester hours