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Middle School: Taking Responsibility for Learning

Clip 13/20: Day 19: On teaching as coaching


Establishing and Following Classroom Routines: Though she recognizes that her students initially define her challenging stance as “tough” or “mean,” Patty Ferrant frames her style as like that of a coach.

She says, “if you do sports, your coach yells at you all the time. How is this any different?” This is a powerful shift.


Often as teachers, especially in mathematics, we are asked to be an umpire as opposed to a coach. Is it our job to determine right or wrong answers? Or to guide students into improved practices? Or both?

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