It was pretty exciting when my team took another look at our district's "TUSD Connect" Focus, which is:
I worked a lot this summer on gathering good questions to help support each of these three parts of TPACK... how can I guide a teacher through the reflective process in planning, implementing, and debriefing through the lens of content, pedagogy, and technology? You are welcome to view my template of questions (which is still a work in progress) by clicking here.
[Please note that my questions have been accumulated from all over - web searches, in person conversations, etc... I can't take the credit for most of them :) However, having them organized within the frame of TPACK has really made them more useful for me.]
Pre-Brief (Date: ______)
Debrief (Date: ______)
Content Knowledge: What content / standard are you teaching?
Pedagogical Knowledge: How will you engage your students in learning? What are you trying to do?
Technological Knowledge: What tools will allow you to accomplish your goals?
Reflective Focus / Essential Question: What will be focusing on during the implementation / observation that we will reflect on before, during, and after the coaching cycle?
It's important to mention that a coaching conversation does not go through ALL of the sample question stems. However, having a "toolbelt" of good questions to ask helps me to guide the conversation and ensure deeper reflection. While I can't generally plan ahead for the questions I want to ask for a pre-brief, I will look through the debrief questions and pick out some specifically to talk through in our post-implementation conversation.
How do you structure your coaching conversations? Do you have question stems and starters that you use to help guide the conversation? Do you utilize a model like TPACK or something else?