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Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice: A Guide for K-8 Math Educators

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Deepen your understanding of math coaching practices!

Given the current demands of a math teaching practice, this case-based resource helps math coaches, prospective coaches, and administrators develop their knowledge of math content, hone their coaching skills, and enhance their ability to provide professional development for teachers in Grades K–8.

Field-tested in a number of school districts nationwide, this concise guide presents authentic ...

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Overview

Deepen your understanding of math coaching practices!

Given the current demands of a math teaching practice, this case-based resource helps math coaches, prospective coaches, and administrators develop their knowledge of math content, hone their coaching skills, and enhance their ability to provide professional development for teachers in Grades K–8.

Field-tested in a number of school districts nationwide, this concise guide presents authentic accounts of coaching practice, dilemmas, and insights. The cases, written by practicing math coaches, emphasize developing a deep understanding of mathematics, analyzing students' ideas and teachers' beliefs about learning, and cultivating teacher learning and growth. Amy Morse provides:

  • Math activities that strengthen a coach's math content knowledge
  • Planning activities to support thoughtful coach-teacher interactions
  • A detailed facilitator's guide for staff developers leading professional development opportunities for math coaches, providing a detailed agenda, specific examples of participants' questions, and facilitator responses

Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice gives math leaders the tools to help teachers create quality math programs and bolster student achievement.

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Editorial Reviews

Lance Menster
“Written case studies of math coaching are essential tools to facilitate the professional development of our mathematics coaches who work hand-in-hand with over 200 schools in our district. We are pleased to have this book developed by Amy Morse and a cadre of math coaches to support our math leadership efforts.”
Linda Ruiz Davenport
"This new resource draws on cases of coaching practice to provide grounded opportunities for communities of math coaches to strengthen their practice. Itis an exciting and important resource for anyone responsible for the professional development of math coaches."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412971065
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 1,247,760
  • Product dimensions: 10.96 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Morse is a national leader in designing and providing professional development for math coaches and district leaders responsible for coaching programs. In 1997, Amy joined Education Development Center where, as a project director, she works on teacher and coach development programs. In this capacity she worked for many years with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Elementary Math Department to design and facilitate the professional development for the district’s elementary math coaches. At present, she directs Professional Development for Math Coaching institutes for EDC’s Math Leadership program http://www.edc.org/MLP. Amy travels extensively, working as a consultant to school districts in various stages of implementing a math coaching strategy and is the director of the Center for the Professional Development of Coaching and Math Leadership at EDC.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Deborah Schifter
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. Observing, Studying, Analyzing, Planning: Preparing to Coach
Case: Moving Between Models
Math Activity: Models, Fractions, and Percents
Focus Questions Activity
2. Discerning and Responding: Coaching in Real Time
Case: Analyzing Multiplication
Math Activity: How Do You Know?
Focus Questions Activity
3. Strategic Coaching: Goal-Centered Modeling in the Classroom
Case: "It's 30 Less and 90 More": A Case About Listening to Children's Ideas
Math Activity: Angles and Angle Measurement
Focus Questions Activity
4. Reaching a New Teacher: Math as the Conduit
Case: A Case of Coaching: Multiplication and Division Journal Entries
Math Activity: Looking Beneath the Surface
Focus Questions Activity
5. Preparing for Thoughtful Dialogue
Transcript 1
Transcript 2
Transcript 3
6. Purposeful Planning and Facilitation
Case: Coaching in a Group: Moving From 1:1 to 1:?
Focus Questions Activity
Planning Activity: Facilitating Group Learning
7. Refining and Reimagining One's Coaching Practice
Case: Learning About Counting, Learning About Coaching
Focus Questions Activity
Planning Activity: Cultivating Collaborative Study
8. Cultivating Relationships With Administrators and Other Leadership Colleagues
Case: Crafting an Invitation: Shifting From Isolation to Inclusion
Focus Questions Activity
Planning Activity: Considering Collaboration and Communication
9. Taking the Lead as a Teacher of Teachers
Case: Encountering Venus
Math Activity: Exploring Story Problems
Focus Questions Activity
10. Maintaining a Focus on Mathematics
Case: Struggling to Keep Math at the Center
Focus Questions Activity
11. Framing the Connection Between Coach and Teacher Goals
Case: Unsatisfied in the Seminar
Focus Questions Activity
Planning Activity: Meeting the Challenge
12. Examining the Role of Authority in Coaching
Case: Claiming Authority
Focus Questions Activity
Planning Activity: Two Posters Activity
Facilitation Guide
Chapter 1 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 2 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 3 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 4 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 5 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 6 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 7 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 8 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 9 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 10 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 11 Facilitation Notes
Chapter 12 Facilitation Notes
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