A Guide to Mathematics Coaching
Processes for Increasing Student Achievement
- Ted H. Hull - Educational Consultant, Texas
- Don S. Balka - Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
- Ruth Harbin Miles - Mary Baldwin College, VA
Coaching | Mathematics
Math coaches play a vital role in strengthening math instruction and learning in schools. However, without a collegial relationship with the teachers they are trying to help, it is difficult to foster productive collaborations that lead to better teaching practice and increased student achievement. This resource helps coaches confidently clarify, define, and fulfill their role as influential mathematics leaders.
Based on principles established by NCTM and NCSM, this volume features a three-part process for engaging teachers in building high-quality, equitable mathematics programs. The chapters help coaches effectively:
- Collaborate with teachers to align and implement curriculum that positively impacts student learning and achievement
- Build trust and rapport with hesitant or resistant teachers
- Develop collegial partnerships for planning, analyzing, and reflecting on instruction
- Support and sustain individual and institutional change
Filled with numerous vignettes to illustrate coaching practices and strategies to move teachers toward more effective instructional models, A Guide to Mathematics Coaching is an essential companion for transforming mathematics classrooms.
"An extremely useful resource for new and experienced mathematics coaches and the individuals responsible for their professional development and ongoing support. It provides a detailed analysis of mathematics coaching along with a comprehensive model to guide coaches as they do their work. The model goes beyond simply describing the various components of coaching work; it provides a developmental, sequential process for engaging in mathematics coaching and situates the work of coaching in the larger district context."
"For those who work directly with classroom teachers, the authors provide a commonsense approach to support and improve teaching and learning. Easily read, this book lays out a simple plan for success as a mathematics coach and should be in the library of all who work with mathematics teachers."
"An effective coaching model can be a most valuable educational resource when it is used to enhance instructional goals, improve pedagogical practices, and improve student outcomes."
"A welcome resource for the many mathematics coaches who are looking for support in a challenging, often vaguely defined role. From a big picture view of the systems within which math coaches work, to advice about potential pitfalls, to guidance on facilitating change, the book takes on a wide range of topics to help math coaches understand the scope of their work and serve as leaders in whatever form their jobs may take."
"The authors show how instructional coaches can be respectful of the teacher's professional status yet instrumental in providing the necessary support that changes teaching practice to yield positive student results. The authors have cracked the code for mathematics coaching by giving clear, concise guidance using self-reflective techniques as well as knowledge of content and teaching experience that translates into expert coaching and meets the diverse needs of classroom teachers."
"Useful for those getting started and those refining their coaching practice."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Defining Mathematics Coaching