Why does teacher coaching matter? Part 2: The Classroom is Changing

In 2006, when I was a senior in high school, my Calculus classes were taught on a chalkboard. In 2010, when I was a Spanish teacher, I taught my classes on a SMARTboard.

In 2015, when I observe classrooms, many of the classrooms I walk into are divided into two sections: half the students taking part in smaller group instruction with the teacher; the other half guiding their own learning on laptops.

Due to generational, technological, and regulatory shifts, the classroom is changing faster now than it has in the past century. Each of these shifts present huge opportunities and challenges for teachers. My next post will begin a three-part series on how instructional coaching can help teachers adjust to these shifts in order to drive student achievement and maintain job satisfaction. Below is a preview of each post:

  • Generational Demographics: It takes a village to teach the (dreaded) millennials and post-millennials. (Full Disclosure: I’m a millennial.)
  • Technological: Teachers have a ton of student data at their fingertips. In what areas do teachers need coaching to be able to apply this data in the moment?
  • Regulatory: 16% of the country has not fully adopted Common Core Standards. How can coaches support teachers moving between districts with huge variability in content standards?

As always, we’d love to hear from you! How else is the classroom changing for you? Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education.