Jim Knight’s coaching philosophy acknowledges teachers’ existing skills and abilities. He believes that coaches can empower teachers to improve through helping teachers set their own goals. In addition, he demonstrates how coaches can help teachers tap into their own potential. He shows how coaches can gain the skills of dialogue, reflection, reciprocity, and reflection to help teachers improve their classroom practice.

Knight defines four areas where coaches can impact student learning. He divides the work of the teacher into these areas, where the coach should focus his or her efforts:

1. Planning content
2. Formative assessment
3. Delivering instruction
4. Community building/classroom management

To learn more about this topic, watch the following PD 360 video segment (The Big Four). Use your PD 360 login and password to access the segment. If you do not have a login, you can follow the same link for access.

The Big Four are part of the recently added video segments from Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach with Jim Knight.

You can also learn more about Instructional Coaching from Jim Knight at the School Improvement Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, July 11-13, where he will be leading a discussion on the Seven Partnership Principles for Effective Coaching.

PD 360 Video Segment