Why Peer Coaching?
- No new strategy, technique, or educational process can be learned in a single session or practice opportunity. Meaningful and effective professional growth involves ongoing opportunities for rehearsing new behaviors, receiving effective coaching to perfect them, and using those behaviors in a risk-free environment.
- Showers and Joyce found that teachers who worked with coaches:
- Practiced new strategies more often and with greater skill
- Retained and increased their new skills over time
- Demonstrated a clearer understanding of new strategies More likely than non-coached peers to transfer newly acquired teaching practices into classroom use.
- More likely than non-coached peers to transfer newly acquired teaching practices into classroom use.
- Coaching contributed significantly to higher student achievement scores.