Implementing Peer Coaching: A Self-Study as a Reading Speciliast and the Motivation and Satisfaction of Elementary Teachers
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Peer coaching has become a popular initiative in the area of teacher-directed professional development. The purpose of this action research was to provide teachers with opportunities for collaboration, professional development, data collection, and relationship building that were not provided in the district in which I work. Through the use of self-study, the research will explore the changes and impacts implementing peer coaching had on the researchers? role and the professional development changes. The study followed six volunteer participants over a two month period as they participated in peer coaching and met with others teachers to work towards a common goal. The success and failure of the groups were linked to the trust or lack thereof between the participants. At the conclusion of the study, staff motivation stayed the same; however, the satisfaction with preparation and planning time, collaboration time with staff members, and getting support when needed, increased.