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Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

By Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed.
 
It’s the book’s focus on the actionable—the practice-able—that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success.
 
Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps.
 

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Teacher Radar—Scan

Nikki Bridges coaches Jackson Tobin in identifying the key student actions to look for when he scans the room.

Monitoring Pathway and Collect Data

Syrena Burnam and Norvella Dunwoody make a concrete

strategic plan for Norvella to collect data while monitoring aggressively.

Go Conceptual

Art Worrell asks Michael Cheely’s students an important critical thinking question at the end of a class discussion. Then the two debrief how that question increased rigor.

Exemplar and Aggressive Monitoring

Kelly Dowling leads PD using an exemplar annotated handout to identify what makes aggressive monitoring effective.

Exemplar and Aggressive Monitoring

Kelly Dowling leads PD using an exemplar annotated handout to identify what makes aggressive monitoring effective.

Weekly Data Meetings—Identify the Gaps

During their weekly data meeting, Nikki Bridges guides her teachers in identifying the gaps in student understanding.

Weekly Data Meetings—Plan the Reteach

Nikki Bridges and her teachers identify the components of the ideal student response they will seek out when they

reteach the content they are reviewing.