2nd Edition

The Mathematics Coaching Handbook Working with K-8 Teachers to Improve Instruction

By Pia Hansen Copyright 2016
    168 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    168 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    168 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Learn how you can work more effectively with teachers in your role as a math coach or department chair. Coaching can be a rewarding experience both personally and professionally, but it also requires taking risks, being up-to-date on the latest research, implementing best practices, and managing relationships. In this practical book for grades K-8, you’ll gain helpful insight on being an effective mentor, coach, and colleague to your math teachers. You’ll find out how to:

    • Develop relationships with your teachers through one-to-one collaboration;
    • Establish teacher-teams to meet goals effectively;
    • Improve student achievement by implementing best practices for math education;
    • Overcome common challenges faced by coaches and teacher-leaders;
    • And more!

    This updated second edition contains new information on empowering teachers to tackle the key shifts of the Common Core. It also offers updated advice on ways to conduct professional development with teachers such as through online chats and book studies. The book’s appendices offer additional resources for math coaches, including rubrics, conference guides, and tools for classroom observations.

    1. Preface

      1. Examining the Role of a Math Content Coach

      Defining the "Math Content Coach" Position

      Coaches as Leaders in a Professional Learning Community

      School, Classroom, and Student Factors

      Personal and Professional Qualifications of Math Content Coaches

      Final Thoughts □□

      2. Preparing Yourself

      Effective Leadership

      Roles, Responsibilities, and Goals

      Setting Goals for The Year

      Scheduling Time

      Communication Strategies .

      Dealing with Conflict

      Final Thoughts

      3. Collaborating with Administrators

      Meeting with the Principal

      Personalities and Possibilities

      Dialogue and Documentation

      Gathering Data to Drive Instructional Practices

      Observing Coaches in Action

      Taking Part in The Practice

      Staying Out of The Middle Position

      Owning Up to Mistakes and Mishaps

      Final Thoughts

      4. One-to-One Collaboration

      Beginning With a Positive Relationship

      A Resource Relationship

      A Modeling Relationship

      A Collaborative Relationship

      Inquiry Continuum

      Planning a Pre-Conference

      Guidelines for Classroom Observations

      Using Observation Forms

      Planning For the Post-Conference

      Getting Started On a One-To-One Collaboration

      Everyone Participates!

      Planning for Coaching Cycles .

      Final Thoughts

      5. Understanding Group Work

      Developing Collaborative Teams

      Creating Agendas

      Running Meetings Effectively

      Working with Other Teacher Leaders

      Dealing with Resistance to Change

      Monitoring Group Work

      Choosing a Fractal Experience

      Final Thoughts

      6. Working with Groups

      Presenting to the Whole Staff

      Using PowerPoints

      Suggestions for Whole Group Collaboration During the Year

      Implementing a New Curriculum

      Planning Professional Development with Outside Consultants

      Working with Small Groups

      Making Time for Small Group Work

      Utilizing Additional Times

      District Curriculum and Assessment Work

      Final Thoughts

      7. Structures for Examining Teacher Practice

      Looking at Student Work

      Using Lesson Study

      Using Action Research

      Examining Cognitive Demand

      Using Video Clips for Staff Development

      Walk-through Observations

      Planning for Peer Observations

      Getting Book Studies Started

      Final Thoughts

      8. Conquering Challenges, Evaluating and Celebrating Success

      The Challenge of Empowering Others

      The Challenge of Using Manipulatives

      The Challenge of Cooperative Group Work

      The Challenge of Working with Difficult Teachers

      When to Facilitate, Coach, or Become the Expert

      Reflection and Advocacy

      Evaluating Effort and Impact

      Seeking Encouragers

      Celebrating Success

      Final Comments



      Appendix 1: The CCSS for Mathematical Practice

      Appendix 2: The Common Core State Standards: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

      Appendix 3: The Common Core State Standards: Number and Operations: Fractions

      Appendix 4: Instructional Strategies

      Appendix 5: Pre-Conference Guide

      Appendix 6: Classroom Look-Fors

      Appendix 7: Classroom Observation Form

      Appendix 8: Post-Conference Guide

      Appendix 9: Log for Working with Staff

      Appendix 10: Staff Development Feedback Form

      Appendix 11: Common Core State Standards Second Grade Curriculum Map

      Appendix 12: Holistic Mathematics Rubric

      Appendix 13: Reflections on Mathematics Teaching and Learning

      Appendix 14: Evaluating Coaching Progress


    Pia M. Hansen has been a classroom teacher for twenty-seven years. Currently, she is the director of Professional Development for the Math Learning Center. She is also co-author of Performance Tasks and Rubrics for Early Elementary Mathematics, Second Edition with Charlotte Danielson.

    "The book is so artfully and fluently written that it is a very quick read, with just enough substance in each chapter to give a reader a thorough understanding of the main ideas. This is an excellent resource that should be required reading for all aspiring, beginning, and current math content coaches and the administrators with whom they work." --Elizabeth Simpson, Instructional Math Coach, The Lamphere Schools, Madison Heights, MI

    "I am the leader of the math department at my school, which means that I am in charge of almost 20 teachers within the department, so the section on communication strategies was important to me. Without effective communication, departments and schools can fall apart easily. My principal also comes to me often to handle conflict within my department. The section on conflict resolution was helpful in reminding me how to handle such incidents. The Table of Contents also makes it very easy to find a topic and read up on it very quickly. I like how each chapter is broken down the way it is." --Rebecca Thompson, Math Department Chair, Tomahawk Creek Middle School, Midlothian, VA