One of my New Year’s resolutions as an instructional coach is to keep better track of the work I do with teachers. I have a variety of “coaching tools” that I use with individual teachers throughout coaching cycles to document and organize our work, however nothing that provides a collective big picture. In comes the “Coaching Data Tracker!”
I think this is an important document to create and maintain for a couple of reasons. First, it can be passed on to your principal for the purpose of making sure that you’re both “on the same page.” While I do have coaching check-ins with my principal, I knew she would just love to have a single go-to document that shows the complete coaching story at Tollgate.
Second, creating this Coaching Data Tracker is seriously great for your own reflection! For example, in the process of creating mine it was rewarding to see the student and teacher growth I contributed to in my coaching cycles. Additionally, it pushed me to think harder about how to achieve even better results in future coaching.
Reflecting on what we are doing well and how we can improve is an important part of our work as instructional coaches. I hope this Coaching Data Tracker supports you in the process.