Coaching teachers at the end of the year differs from the typical routine followed all year long. Generally, state testing begins to alter a coach’s schedule in the spring as they account for testing supplies and proper distribution, planning student accommodation locations and support variations, and completing other minor tasks. During this time, Professional Learning Communities take on a different focus and might even occur less. Lastly, professional development and coaching cycles usually come to an end.
This leaves the coach wondering what their role looks like, how to fill their calendar or even spend their time. Before testing, the coach is preparing the school building to host the exams and ensure teachers are set up for success to run the tests. Once testing comes, it’s time for the coach to pause their support and let teachers and students showcase their skills. After testing, many teachers are finishing up loose ends to close out the year.
With all the changes happening at the end of the school year, a coach may even wonder “What do I do with my time?” The structured teacher support they’ve been providing is no longer happening and everyone seems to have altered schedules for various reasons. Although coaches aren’t working as closely with teachers as they have been all year, there are still plenty of productive tasks to accomplish with extra pockets of time.
The tasks listed below are productive uses of time and will help get ahead for the upcoming year.
- Clean Up Shared Drive– Go to physical or virtual common areas where teachers share materials and organize it for efficiency
- Spruce Up Planning and Meeting Spaces– Create community spaces that encourage collaboration in seating and table arrangements as well as fill the spaces with all necessary supplies
Learning & Creation Tasks
- Design a PD Schedule– Map out next year’s PD on a calendar with topics based on current areas of improvement and future initiatives
- Record Micro PD Videos – Think about upcoming professional development needs and batch record all of the mini learning sessions for teachers
- Design Anchor Charts for the Planning Room– Set up the planning room so information is easily accessible for teacher reference, including making and hanging anchor charts of pertinent information
- Draft Monthly Newsletter Formats– Knowing consistent communication methods build trust and community, set up a template to communicate updates monthly with teachers
- Develop a Feedback Survey– Create a paper or digital survey that asks teachers what they want more or less of, how you can best support them, and additional comments they wish to share
- Create a Materials Wish List– Knowing school funding allotments arrive at specific dates throughout the year, have your wish lists already curated and ready to go when funds arrive
- Create Next Year Master Schedule & Class Rosters– Help the admin team create a rough draft master schedule for all grade levels and content areas as well as begin rough drafts of next year’s class rosters
- Collect School/District Owned Materials– Visit teacher classrooms to collect any materials owned by the school or district and place them in a safe storage location
There are plenty of ways to still have an impact as an instructional coach at the end of the school year. Your role might look different, but your impact will remain the same! As you prepare for the upcoming school year, check out all my instructional coaching resources and professional development opportunities.
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What tasks do you complete at the end of the year as an instructional coach?