About Coaching Cycles
In this article, we’ll focus on how to use Coaching Cycles to help mature your instructional coaching practice with your teachers.
Coaching Cycles are a flexible framework to organize the collaborative coaching practice between a coach and a teacher. An alternative way to view Coaching Cycles is a comprehensive feedback loop between the teacher, the coach, and the students.
Traditional Coaching Vs. Coaching Cycles
In traditional coaching, a coach will observe the classroom and provide feedback. Coaches may use 1:1 meetings with teachers as a way to share resources for lessons teachers are preparing or help problem-solve issues teachers are seeing within their classes. The goal of the traditional coaching model is supporting teachers so they can do their job with fewer obstacles.
However, with traditional coaching, little emphasis is placed on systematically helping teachers grow. Professional development may be curated based on common opportunities coaches are observing within classrooms, yet no work is done to encourage the implementation and growth of these practices after professional development.
For example, incorporating student choice may be the focus for a professional development session — but there is no followup to ensure teachers are incorporating this best practice within their day-to-day lesson plans.
Coaching Cycles structure teacher growth into a scientific practice: