Technology coaches in the school work with classroom teachers to help incorporating technology in the classroom. Do the teachers seek out the coaches? No. Do the teachers automatically trust the coaches? Absolutely not. And the onus is not on the teachers – it’s on the coaches.
Here are three suggestions for education technology coaches to build a working relationship with teachers.
As an Ed Tech coach, you need to convince the teachers that you will be their bridge and support them. When you give them technology in the classroom, do you also show them how to go an alternative route, provide backup systems, or even a hard copy instruction sheet. Believe it or not, most people still absorb more from the printed word than the online words (Alexander & Singer, 2017).
My best advice to a coach is leave your ego at home. Celebrate the teachers’ successes. Always, always think about what you can do to help the teacher improve the student’s learning experience. Encourage and smile when they take off!
Alexander, P. A., and Singer, L. M. (2017). A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens. The Conversation. (2017, October 15). Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/students-learning-education-print-textbooks-screens-study-2017-10.