One of my goals this year is to help students learn how to support, teach, and coach each other.
I have seated students in groups of four to encourage interaction. I am not sure why it took me so long, but I know this is what it will take to get students talking about math. I envision students asking and answering each other's questions and genuinely caring about whether or not the person across the table is understanding.
I realize that getting there will be a process.
I used this video today, to introduce what good coaching looks like:
Then we made a list of evidence from the video that demonstrates good coaching:
1. Make a choice to help. You could laugh at someone's struggle, or you could choose to offer your help.
2. Don't let someone quit, even if they want to quit. Lift the microphone and insist that they keep trying.
3. Be supportive without taking over. Let the other person do the work.
4. Anyone can offer help. Don't wait until you think you understand it perfectly yourself.
5. Stay until the end. Cheer.
My students really empathized with the girl in the video, and I think this analogy hit home with them. I am hopeful it is the beginning of a coaching culture in my classroom.