This year, part of our professional learning plan offers a coaching model. A teacher can choose to work with a colleague who takes on a coaching role, helping the teacher to achieve their professional learning goal for the year. I’m working 1:1 with some teachers who have goals related to to their integration of ICT into their teaching or another aspect of their role.
I’ve chosen Edmodo as the tool for us to record our progress through the year. A couple of reasons guided this choice. Some of our students will be using Edmodo for class activities this year, so it will be beneficial to have a number of teachers familiar with its use. Also, I’m asking the teachers involved in the coaching if they are willing to share their ‘journey’ with others who are also involved. Edmodo facilitates this easily by being able to form a group where they can see each other’s posts. So while the coaching sessions are 1:1, Edmodo provides a facility for collaboration.
This then leads on to the idea of the coaching sessions having some part in building our professional learning network (PLN). It will be good to see how this way of working will help teachers achieve their teaching goals, and together, build our PLN’s.
I’d suggest a great start to seeing how a teacher incorporates Edmodo into her teaching and learning is this blog post by Bianca Hewes.