The MQI Coaching cycle combines teacher reflection and direct coaching to assist mathematics teachers in improving their practice. As part of a year-long experience, teachers learn about the Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI) rubric, use it to critically analyze video, and then work with an MQI-expert coach to improve their own instruction.
ZOOMING IN ON THE MQI COACHING CYCLE: THE CONVERSATION
When the teacher and coach meet (either virtually or in person), they use the MQI framework as a guide for the teacher’s reflection. For each of the video clips (stock video or teacher’s own), the teacher and coach use the MQI to guide their discussion through several phases:
- Teacher and coach use the MQI code(s) to describe, without judgment, what happened in the clip, focusing on one or two MQI codes.
- They elevate the instruction in the video clip, describing what this moment would have looked like if it were incrementally improved on the MQI code(s) of focus.
- Teacher identifies next steps that might lead to such elevated instruction.
- At the end of the conversation, the teacher decides on an action plan, goal(s), and MQI code(s) of focus for the next coaching cycle.