Coaching with Powerful Interactions: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers

July 20, 2018 - 2 minutes read

By Judy Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro, and Shaun Johnsen.

Do you provide support to early childhood teachers in your work as an administrator, consultant or coach?  Are you looking for strategies to enhance your interactions with the adults with whom you work with?

In their previous book, Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning, Jablon, Dombro and Johnson provided strategies for helping teachers to change their everyday interactions with children into more intentional and purposeful powerful interactions.   They outlined three steps that are essential to create the opportunity for a powerful interaction to occur: 1) Be Present, 2) Connect, and 3) Extend Learning.  As teachers begin to implement these steps, their interactions with children become more intentional and their instruction becomes more individualized.

In their latest book, the authors parallel this same process for coaches supporting teachers.  Doesn’t it make sense that we would want to support the adults that we work with by providing the same types of high quality and intentional interactions that we know are so important for fostering a climate of learning and growth?

The authors shine light on how we can be intentional with teachers as we build relationships with them, support their current strengths and create opportunities for learning that will result in long-lasting positive changes in practice.

This user-friendly book is jam-packed with information, strategies, real-life examples, opportunities for reflection and it even includes videos to support your learning!

I think you will appreciate how this book provides you the opportunity to really reflect on your own views and practices as a coach.  You will walk away with a strength-based mindset and many practical strategies that you can use to power up your interactions as you work to become a more effective coach.

Reviewed by:  Anna Owen