Regularly evaluate and reflect of professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology-enhanced learning experiencesISTE Coaching Standards (2014)
Reflecting is something that I do best! I am constantly thinking about what I’m doing, what I have done, and what I should do next. That is true for me personally as well as professionally. To share an example of this is my journey with teaching others about Flipgrid. Each time I have prepared and taught my course, I have taken notes on what worked and what needed to be improved upon. I encouraged my participants to provide me feedback, telling them that I appreciate their candidness, making sure that they understand I can’t improve unless I’m told. This feedback is essential to my growth as an educator. I did the same, when I taught my students. I would ask them to give me monthly report cards, and let them know I was open for feedback anytime. I think that this practice of reflecting and receiving feedback shows that there is grace in learning and it is a continuous process.
Building Capacity as a Coach is a blog post that I am very proud of and I think it shows mastery of Standard 6 indicator c. In it, I reflect on the standard as a new coach trying to grow my practice as well as a coach trying to deliver PD. I talk about all of the opportunities I grab onto in order to improve my coaching ability. I attend monthly coaching meetings, seek out coaches from other districts in a PLN format, and I attend local and national conferences when time and money allow. I also expound on the ideas of Aguilar and Davis when it comes to becoming a better facilitator of professional development. These four ideas, Plan and Prepare, Not too Much, Build on Existing Expertise, and Ask for Feedback have really informed my developing of PD.
My biggest aha moment in the program was the idea of Learning First, Tech Second. In my blog of the same name, I discuss how using the TPACK framework can help educators integrate tech wisely. Using a framework when you are working with educators is a helpful tool. It assures that the student learning goals are the focus and that the tech is there to add value to the content. Liz Kolb has also written a book called Learning First, Technology Second, where she discusses the need of frameworks while highlighting her Triple E Framework. The Triple E Framework, which ties directly to the ISTE standards, teaches us to Engage, Enhance, and Extend the learning goals. I shared this framework with my department and we have begun using it to help us when we are vetting new tech tools.
Les Foltos says, “Experienced Peer Coaches understand the at a coach’s professional learning needs to mirror what we know about effective professional development; it needs to be sustained, intensive, and connected to practice.” This quote resonates with me when I think about the learning that I need to take on in my new role. It also informs me on the types of books I need to be reading, many of which I have highlighted throughout this project.