I recently had the wonderful opportunity to write a piece for EdSurge talking about the shifting role of “tech” coach:
There is a lot of talk about how the role of the educator morphs to facilitator to meet the needs of students when implementing personalized learning—but it’s rare to see pointers for how the role of technology coordinators, integrators and coaches should shift to meet the needs of teachers during this transition. Perhaps it starts with rethinking these titles to better match the responsibilities of the position. Are we losing something by leading these titles with “technology?” Is there something to be gained by leading with “innovation,” “redesign” or “change-agent?”
To figure out how what changes to make, I reflected on my own journey as a teacher. At the start of my career, I wanted to control every step in the learning process so my students would always know I was right there to catch them should they stumble. I wanted them to feel confident and supported at every moment. As I’ve grown, I have realized that is not what great teaching is all about. Instead, it’s about empowering students by providing them with great resources and guidance, and then allowing them the time and space to find success on their own.
Read the full article here…