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Peer Coaching & Collegial

Development Group
What is this CONCEPT ???
 Teaching is not something one learns to do, once
and for all, and then practices, problem-free, for a
lifetime ... Teaching depends on growth and
development, and it is practiced in dynamic
situations that are never twice the same. Wonderful
teachers, young and old, will tell of fascinating
insights, new understandings, unique encounters with
youngsters, the intellectual puzzle and the ethical
dilemmas that provide a daily challenge. Teachers,
above all, must stay alive to this.
(Ayers, 1993, pp. 127-128)
Peer Coaching
 In general, peer coaching is a term used to
describe a process in which two or more
colleagues work together to improve their
teaching/learning skills by observing
targeted behaviors of their partners in the
classroom and providing constructive
How Peer-Coaching can be done?
 Peer coaching can be done in a variety of
ways and some develop their own method.
The important thing is to use a described,
structured, well defined process, so that
expectations and roles are clear. An
important feature of coaching is that it gets
better with practice. Especially
practice active listening and questioning skills
to not bring your own experience in focus is
important if coaching is to work.
What Collegial Development is ??
 ‘’Teachers can be the richest and most
useful source of knowledge about
teaching; those who hope to understand
teaching must turn at some point to
teachers themselves’ (By: William Ayers:
Schubert & Ayers, 1992, p. v).
 COLLEGIALITY: „ It is the relationship
between colleages“.
Collegial Development Groups

 Professional development has been unable to

make a significant impact on school change.
 Effective professional development
capitalizes on teacher knowledge and
strengths rather than focuses on their
 Effective professional development is long-
term and sustainable. Typical professional
development has focused on weaknesses and
intervention strategies.
Types of Collegial Development

 There are Two types of Collegial

Development Groups
1. Study groups
2. Critical friends groups (CFG)
Study groups
Study groups defined:
"...are designed by participants to explore
and study ideas, innovations, theories, and
practices that currently are not widely used
in the district or in Target Area.”
Critical friends groups (CFG)
CFGs defined:
“…. are also composed of a small number of
voluntary participants. They control their
own agenda and topics of discussion. The
distinction lies in the topics. CFGs focus is
teacher practice through the examination of
student work. Teachers also can examine
their thinking and practice.”
Peer Coaching & Collegial
Facilitating Collegial Development
Groups as a Teacher Supervision
 Logistics deal with the when, where,
who, and how. An administrator must be
cautious with and cognizant of his/her
role in CDGs. S/he must be an equal
 Annual reports are an important data
source to analyze impact and
o Greater sense of community
o Collaboration
o Support for one another
o Creativity
o Motivation
o Risk-taking
o Confidence
o Increased self efficacy
Any Question
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