In addition, I also learned about early adoption, and how every stakeholder play an integral role in new polices and initiatives being adopted. Every school must consider the time, resources, adequate planning, and financial contributions to see if programs will be successful in full adoption and implementation or not. As Orr (2013) states, the “tipping point which causes a trend to catch fire and spread exponentially through a population, can be promoted easily in a social system”. This in turn can result in a “domino effect”. In my school, I believe that I will be successful as a technology coach to foster change, because I take the time to communicate with everyone and build great relationships, while keeping the end result in mind.
Effective skills that a technology coach must possess include the partnership principles, the eight tactics of effective coaching, personality differences, utilizing the “Big Four” (content, assessment, classroom management, instruction) when coaching colleagues, and clarifying your message. Furthermore, what I learned in this course will help me grow as a technology leader, because I gained the essential skills to coach a teacher in my school. I also learned how to create a LoTi technology assessment survey to devise a strategic plan for helping a colleague improve in technology use in the classroom. In addition, I was able to collaborate with classmates to gain feedback and constructive criticism on how to improve in my coaching and leadership skills. I also learned how to use the Learning Forward Standards and the essentials of great Professional Development through the one hour technology workshop, GAPSS A & GAPSS B Review to help shift the school climate in professional learning and technology use. I have gained the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to tackle any obstacle that I face as a soon to be technology coach.
Knight, Jim. (2007). Instructional coaching: A partnership approach to improving instruction. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks.
Rogers, E. (2003). Diffusions of Innovations. Retrieved November 24, 2015, from http://web.stanford.edu/class/symbsys205/Diffusion of Innovations.htm