Mrs. Cook's Corner

6. Content Knowledge and Professional Growth

Technology coaches demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in content, pedagogical, and technological areas as well as adult learning and leadership and are continuously deepening their knowledge and expertise

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)

I would say that this standard is the one I feel the most comfortable with! Taking classes is what I love to do in my free time. When I first moved to Washington State, I was told that I would be teaching a 5/6 split! 5th, I knew I could handle- it was the middle school strand that scared me. I needed to bulk up on my math and science- for sure. I took 300 clock hours that first year (that’s an equivalent of 30 college credits) It was during this math and science blitz that I found my passion- Makerspaces! My teaching greatly improved, my students were excited to learn, and my district was taking notice of some of the projects I was doing. They began to ask me to teach about Makerspaces. When opportunities arise, I am willing to take the time to learn, practice, and share my knowledge with others.

These three books (among others that I have showcased) have been instrumental in my journey to become a Digital Learning Coach and have helped me towards mastery of ISTE Coaching Standard 6: Content Knowledge and Professional Growth.

  • Mentoring Matters by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman was given to me through the BEST Mentoring Program through OSPI. I have learned how to navigate coaching relationships through my readings and my monthly classes. Through reading this book, I have practiced many coaching scenarios and have felt like I have become a stronger coach.
  • Peer Coaching: Unlocking the Power of Collaboration by Les Foltos is one of my top three books that I have been introduced to in this program. My favorite chapter is “Defining Effective Learning Activities”. In this chapter, Foltos asks us to agree on a norm for effective learning. He states, “the norm for effective instruction is a road map that describes what teachers need to do to improve their practice and specifics on how to shape teaching and learning activities to reach their goals.” This has helped inform my coaching style in working with my peers.
  • Soft Circuits: Crafting E-Fashion With DIY Electronics by Kylie Peppler, Melissa Gresalfi, Katie Salen Tekinbas, and Rafi Santo. (This book is apart of a series on Digital Media and Learning funded by John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur and published by the MIT Press.) The reason I selected this book for this standard is because it shows my eagerness to grow professionally. I wanted to learn more about e-textiles and this book helped me to acquire knowledge and professional training that I simply couldn’t find in a traditional PD. In addition to learning this skill and sharing it with my students, I have taught several classes to district educators in order to grow capacity in makerspace education.