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Cultivating a Math Coaching Practice


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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

About 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 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.


"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." -- Lance Menster, Manager of Elementary Mathematics
"This new resource draws on cases of coaching practice to provide grounded opportunities for communities of math coaches to strengthen their practice. It is an exciting and important resource for anyone responsible for the professional development of math coaches." -- Linda Ruiz Davenport, Senior Program Director of Elementary Mathematics

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