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Chapter 1: The Benefts of Coaching in Education 11

A Shift in Perspective from Teaching to Learning

The thrust of this book depicts the collaboration of teaching in an instructional coaching environ-ment. Within that alliance is a shift in perspective from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. The backwards-planning model fully described in Chapters 3 and 4 makes what at frst may seem an obvious point but, in practice, is somehow overlooked in most teaching situations. Its genesis lies in the importance of identifying student be-haviors that will produce learning rather than a constant focus on the way teachers are trained to improve their teaching performance.

As students advance through the educational system toward an unknown future, the content they learn and the methods or techniques their teachers use to impart that content will not matter so much as the ability of the student to achieve, no matter what the content or techniques of presentation. That the teacher performed or delivered a lesson with skill and strategy should be applauded, and has very likely made learning more available to students; it is what educators strive to accomplish. But it’s all for naught if the teacher’s delivery did not frst take into account student behaviors that would produce not only learning embedded in the specifc lesson, but their desire and ability to learn anything at all.

Most importantly, did students make the connec-tion between their behaviors and the learning and knowledge it produced? For that insight and other student observations, teachers beneft from the

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