Teaching with Poverty in Mind; Chapter 5
In chapter 5 my focus, as I was reading the success factors of a classroom, was the COACH program. Since I am a coach at RHS I frequently use the strategies of coaching skills to my players to my students in the classroom. Jensen states that successful schools use an intervention plan to attack the issue of low-SES kids called COACH: Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children.
Through my years of teaching I have heard this philosophy of Coaching your students in the classroom as if you coach them through the skills and game preparation as your players. I think this philosophy of COACHING works mostly because you build a relationship with your players and connect with them in a different way than a teacher’s classroom students. Coaches have an outcome to compete and win and if not back to the drawing board and see what needs to be worked on. I think it makes sense to approach your classroom the same way. Assess your students and see what skills that are mastered and what needs to be worked on to perform at the next level. Jensen Calls this step-Identifies family-centered priorities & Describes additional learning outcomes. As a coach I would then use my supports to help the athlete set his goals and objectives. In the classroom Jensen uses the steps of: Outlines general supports to be provided for the student, translates priorities into the IEP goals and objectives, Summarize the educational program. The final outcome of the game philosophy as a coach would be compared to Jensen’s steps of: Planning team for implementation, Coordinate participation classes, evaluate.
My biggest reflection would be to attack my classroom as a Coach: Plan for each student, Action steps for implementation, Assess or outcomes, Retool or advance to next step. Key role as a teacher would be to make that connection to your students and develop a relationship as a team effort.