Rotary, the United Nations, and other organizations are turning to teacher coaching to help teachers make lesson plans that ensure students learn more effectively. The endeavor is part of a bigger plan to alleviate poverty by teaching students around the world to read and write, ultimately increasing their potential to contribute to society.
According to a lead economist at the World Bank, studies show that a teacher’s role is critical to any effort in improving learning. The strategies set forth by the World Bank to improve teacher performance include setting teacher expectations, matching their skills with student needs, and motivating them to perform, among others.
While teacher coaching is difficult, results have been positive. For example, one teacher shifted to a more interactive teaching method after taking part in the program. This resulted in her students becoming more responsive to lessons than they did under her previous method, which relied heavily on memorization.
Academic institutions, such as the University of Florida, are also coaching teachers. Coaching helps teachers see data and evidence demonstrating the impact of their teaching methods on their students.