Show yourself that what you do makes a difference

By Sharron Helmke
August 2021
Coaches are called upon to meet teachers’ needs, but we have some of the same needs in our own professional lives. One of those needs is validation that our efforts are making a difference. That’s often harder to find for coaches than for teachers, who can see their impact on an almost daily basis — the aha moments of students, the notes and drawings left on our desks, the growth in our student outcomes, and more. Where does a coach find proof of impact? Coaching takes place behind the scenes, supporting teachers’ mental processes and problem-solving skills. The ideas generated in a coaching session rightfully belong to the teacher, as does the successful implementation and outcomes of those ideas. Teachers deserve praise for making changes

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Sharron Helmke is the Acting Vice President for Professional Services at Learning Forward.

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