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What Making a Cheesecake Taught Me About Coaching

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 123

Recorded Session
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Educational Consultant and Podcaster
EdTech Bites LLC
Gabriel Carrillo is an Educational Technology Specialist. He currently supports and coaches educators with implementing innovative and meaningful practices through the use of technology. He works side by side with educators in planning lessons/units, modeling lessons, and provides districtwide professional development. In addition to this, he also is the creator and host of the EdTech Bites Podcast and YouTube channel where he has blended his two passions, Educational Technology and food.

Session description

Making a cheesecake is a long process that requires time and patience. Coaching and mentoring others require those same virtues. Learn how to implement relationship-building, trust and open communication with both tasks. Participants will also receive the recipe for my delicious homemade cheesecake!
Grade level: PK-12
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn new strategies to build and foster relationships with their teachers. We will take a look at different coaching models including the Dynamic Learning Project and see the similarities between them. We will also look at different templates that can be used to document interactions, goals, and challenges with those educators who are coached/mentored. These are in the form of Google Docs and Sheets in order to track progress. More importantly, we will take a look at the different questioning techniques used during typical coaching/impact cycles and use them in context with the group. We will have continuous check ins throughout the session to check our comfortability with these new strategies to check our personal success.

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Quick check in and introduction: 3 minutes

Coaching Experience Poll/Game: 5-7 minutes

Video of my kids and I making a cheesecake with coaching steps along the way: 10-12 minutes. I will stop at critical points to discuss the eye-opening interactions and the different parts of the cycle. There are examples of different questioning techniques and modeling that transfer from baking cheesecake to coaching.

Practice with Questioning Techniques: 7-10 minutes
Participants will then receive sample coaching questions. We will put scenarios on the projector and have them play roles of coach and coachee. We will use these questions to role play a coaching session.

Documenting Interactions: 5-10 minutes
We will look at different documents templates to record interactions. These documents are in the style of a recipe, much like a cheesecake! Participants will get a copy of each template

Wrap Up and Reflection: 10-12 minutes
Participants will participate in a quizizz to test their knowledge on coaching, questioning, and documenting. After that, we will look at the results and all participants will receive a copy of all documents presented as well as my recipe for cheesecake!

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Session specifications

Coaching & mentoring
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Google Workspace
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
  • Establish trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.

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