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Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction
by Jim Knight
A Joint Publication With the National Staff Development Council.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Corwin Publishers
(first published November 1st 2010)
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Jim Knight's latest book expands on his research and thinking about coaching. Centered around partnerships, Knight advocates for proven coaching techniques such as relationship building through dialogue and trust and meeting your client "where they are" currently. He revisits the "Big 4" in coaching (classroom management, instruction, content, and formative assessment). And, he devotes an entire chapter to what he calls "workshops," which is packed full of useful advice, resources, and ideas. Kn ...more
Good stuff, though not a book I'll be pressing into the hands of fellow teachers, mostly because it is of a more theoretical bent, explaining how we can turn our schools into what Knight calls Impact Schools. One way is to embrace the "Big Four" and focus on behavior (classroom management), planning of content, delivery of instruction, and assessment for learning (formative, as we call it). It all intrigued me enough to order his most recent title, High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great ...more
A good guide for educator leaders planning for teacher professional development. The organization of the book suits the audience as principals, coaches, instructional leaders can read the chapters which are specific to their role and the ways they can have the greatest impact on instructional improvement. Some take-aways - school instructional improvement plans should be no longer than one page and contain goals on planning for content, assessment, instructional strategies and community. I thoug ...more
As a first year technology instructional coach in a district new to me, this book was imperative in helping me build positive relationships with my coworkers to help me do my job. It doesn't matter what I know about technology if I don't succeed in helping my teachers feel comfortable around me. This book helped me not only know certain things, but reading it during the first months of my job helped orient my priorities in the right direction to build meaningful connections so that my knowledge ...more
I learned a lot of interesting information reading this book. It talks about working in schools and how to be partners and make all people involved feel successful. There are great ideas of how to make schools more successful. It gives suggestions on how principals and Instructional coaches can improve their schools by improving their relationship with the teachers and each other.
I'm becoming a bit obsessed with reading Jim Knight books. Every time I read them, something relates immediately to my daily practice and I wonder, "what would I have done if it wasn't reading this book right now?"