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Introduction xvii

technology, and value of coaching in today’s educational environment are discussed. Here we introduce the idea of shifting focus from teaching practices to student behaviors that produce learning.

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the peer-coaching process frst described in my book

Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching , now in its second edition. This process has been successfully implemented in coaching programs throughout the world. The model serves as a basis for the various iterations of coaching that have developed over time, including that of instructional coach. Chapter 2 walks the reader through a three-step program of coach-ing, emphasizing the need for trust while broaching the topic of the resistance to peer coaching from some educators.

Chapter 3 delves into my “backwards planning” model—how it can be used for the beneft of teaching and student achievement. It describes student behaviors that denote learning and how “planning backwards” can beneft from “implementing forward” by adapting teaching practices to achieve desired behaviors. A key component of the book, backwards planning shows a shift in mindset from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning, and describes various techniques that motivate student be-haviors and thus student learning.

Chapter 4 further reveals the behaviors that produce learning and discusses the various

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