My official title is the Math NIET Master Coach but it really just means Instructional Coach since the campus stopped using the TAP program right before I was hired. Officially my job description is as follows:
In case you looked at those images and said "yeah, I'm not reading all of that" here's my "I'm a math teacher and I like to be concise" explaination:
- I lead regular Professional Development for the math teachers by PLC and department on strategies and district initiatives.
- I am present for all PLCs in my department to help facilitate the conversations on instruction and data.
- I also participate in the PLCs by creating lessons, assignments, etc that the team needs help with.
- I analyze all the tests/assessments to ensure they are aligned to the TEKS/standards and at the appropriate level. I also keep an eye out for any typos, misaligned columns, etc.
- I do walk-throughs in classrooms to observe the teaching and learning going on. This is often when I get inspiration for PD that I'm going to develop or when I determine what other teachers may need to present on some of the strategies they use in their classroom.
- I co-teach in different classrooms and help facilitate small group learning.
- I help create the Department Improvement Plan that is incorporated into the Campus Improvement Plan.
- I observe teachers using the T-TESS rubric and evaluate them for the year.
Now that last one is not exactly what I had anticipated doing when I first got this job. I always thought administrators did the observations and evaluations but with the new T-TESS rubric and the process you go through with the teachers it is much more of a coaching tool than a "gotcha during one observation" tool and I really enjoyed it last year. I did not enjoy doing 3 observations in one day last year (I learned the hard way that's not how to do it!) but overall the teachers I worked with and I all enjoyed the process and learned about ourselves, our strengths and areas that need improvement from the process.
That's about it for this post! I hope everyone is having a great Monday!