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1. TIM Tools Admin Center
The Admin Center provides for management of the TIM Tools suite of applications.

Overview

Getting Started

Customization

Managing Members

Working with Data


2. TUPS
The Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey provides essential information for planning technology infrastructure and support and identifying the perceptions and PD needs of teachers.


3. TIM-O / TIM-LP / TIM-R
These three tools are for classroom observation, lesson plan review, and teacher reflection.

Overview

Preparation

TIM-O

TIM-R

TIM-LP


4. TIM-C
The TIM-C allows a coach and client to document the goals, activities, progress, and outcomes of a coaching cycle.


5. ARTI
The ARTI tool provides a framework for teachers to design and conduct their own action research projects.


6. Report Tool
The Report Tool allows a school or district to create TIM-LP, TIM-O, TIM-R, or TUPS reports.


7. Survey Tool
The Survey Tool allows a school or district to create internal or external surveys on new topics as needed.

 

 

TIM Tools 6.1 Administration Guide

Completing a Coaching Cycle

 

The TIM-C is not a coaching model, nor is it the coaching itself. Rather, the TIM-C provides a mechanism for recording the goals, actions, and outcomes of a coaching or mentoring cycle. All of the fields within the cycle are optional. The school or district will decide which parts of the TIM-C to use. Some districts may want to utilize all of the sections. Other districts may de-emphasize or even entirely skip some sections.

Summary Screen

When the Edit button is clicked for a cycle on the TIM-C Dashboard page, the user is first taken to a Coaching Cycle Summary screen.

The Summary screen lists all of the input to date for the coaching cycle. The first time it opens, the only information it contains will be the coaching cycle title, the current date, and the names of the members acting as coach and client. Users returning to a coaching cycle will see all of their inputs for each of the five sections.

No direct inputs can be made on the Summary screen. Users should click one of the five menu tabs to enter data:

  • Phase 1. Set Goals
  • Phase 2. Plan Activities
  • Phase 3. Monitor Progress
  • Phase 4. Record Outcomes
  • Phase 5. Reflect on Coaching Cycle

The sixth menu item (Close Tab) returns the user to the coaching cycle Dashboard. Users can open and close a coaching cycle tab as many times as is necessary to complete the cycle. Even after both the coach and the client have clicked the publish buttons on the Dashboard screen, the coaching cycle can be further edited if desired.

The first time users open a coaching cycle, they should start by clicking on Phase 1: Set Goals and then Select Supporting Data.

Figure 1. A Summary screen in its initial state before the coach and client have made entries to any of the five phases. NOTE: Clicking any of the small screenshots on this page will open a larger view in lightbox.

Phase 1: Set Goals

• Selecting the Supporting Data

Using specific data can help the user to create goals that are more focused, realistic, and measurable. This section allows the identification of starting data for the coaching cycle in three different ways: (1) selecting one or more completed TIM Tools documents, (2) pasting data into the text box, or (3) entering a complete URL for online documents or other resources. More than one type of data may be entered if desired.

By default, only the client may select the supporting data. This keeps access to supporting TIM Tools documents private and emphasizes the fact that a coaching cycle is a collaborative effort around a topic that the client has deemed important. However, the client may choose to allow the coach to view and select the starting data by clicking the checkbox titled Allow coach to select data. Checking this box will give the coach access to the client’s published TIM Tools documents (i.e. completed TUPS, TIM-O, TIM-R, TIM-LP, and TIM-C activities). If the box is left unchecked, the coach will be able to see only the data the client selects.

Just a reminder that all fields within the five phases are optional. Some schools or districts may place a high value on identifying supporting data both here and in the Outcomes phase. Others may consider this optional.

There is an additional field where either the client or the coach may explain why the specific data was chosen for the coaching cycle.

Figure 2. Selecting the supporting data for the goals of a coaching cycle.

• Set Goals

On this screen, the user can enter a focus for the coaching cycle. Below the focus text box is displayed a list of the current goals for the coaching cycle. Figure 3 shows a new coaching cycle for which goals have not yet been created. Each time a goal is created, it will appear in the list of Current Goals.

Notice that there as a dropdown menu next to the question, “Is Phase 1 complete?” Some districts give professional development points for each section of a coaching cycle that is completed, so each of the five phases includes this yes/no question. Even if a district is not assigning points for completed sections, users may find it helpful to use these indicators to track which sections they are finished with.

To create a new goal, the user clicks the Create a New Goal button.

Figure 3. Entering the focus of the cycle and the list of current goals.

• Create a New Goal

A screen similar to figure 4 will open each time the Create a New Goal button is clicked. Here the user enters a title and a short description of the goal. When the text is entered, the user clicks the Save Goal button to return to the previous screen. The new goal will appear in the list of current goals.

Figure 4. Each new goal created includes a title and a short description.

Phase 2: Plan Activities

• List of Current Activities

This screen will list all activities that have been created. For convenience, it also repeats the Focus and Current Goals of the cycle as a reference when creating a new activity.

To create a new activity, the user clicks the Create a New Activity button.

Figure 5. Screen capture of Activities screen for which no activities have been created.

• Create a New Activity

A screen similar to figure 6 will open each time the Create a New Activity button is clicked. Here the user enters a title and a short description of the activity. When the text is entered, the user clicks the Save Activity button to return to the previous screen. The new activity will appear in the list of current activities.

Figure 6. A blank Create New Activity screen.

Phase 3 Monitor Progress

• Monitor Check-ins and Activities

A list of all “check-ins” and activities appears on this screen.

The “check-ins” allow for monitoring progress toward achieving the cycle’s goals. They can be used as a simple means of communication between the client and coach (“Can we meet next Tuesday at 11?”) or as milestones toward a specific activity (“Are the tablets configured to work with the new probes?”) Both the coach and the client can enter text into each check-in.

Click the Create a New Check-in button to open the check-in screen.

Figure 7. The Check-ins and Activity Progress screen. Only one activity and no check-ins have been created for this cycle.

• New Check-in

Use the New Check-in screen to record events, questions, insights, obstacles, or successes along the way. Both client and coach can add text to the same check-in. Click the Save Check-in button to save and return to the Monitor Check-ins and Activities screen.

Figure 8. Screen to create a new check-in.

• Activity Progress

For each activity users can set the Progress Marker dropdown menu to Yes, No, or Partially Completed. The adjacent text box can be used to provide additional details if desired.

Figure 9. Setting the status of an activity.

Recording Outcomes

• Select Supporting Data

This section allows the identification of outcomes data for the coaching cycle in three different ways: (1) selecting one or more completed TIM Tools documents, (2) pasting data into the text box, or (3) entering a complete URL for online documents or other resources. More than one type of data may be entered if desired.

Just as it was in Phase 1 where data was selected to inform goals, by default, only the client may select the supporting data. This keeps access to supporting TIM Tools documents private. However, the client may choose to allow the coach to view and select the outcomes data by clicking the checkbox titled Allow coach to select data. Checking this box will give the coach access to the client’s published TIM Tools documents (i.e. completed TUPS, TIM-O, TIM-R, TIM-LP, and TIM-C activities). If the box is left unchecked, the coach will be able to see only the data the client selects.

There is an additional field where either the client or the coach may explain how selected data demonstrate, inform, illuminate, or highlight the outcomes of the coaching cycle.

Figure 10. Selecting the supporting data for the outcomes of a coaching cycle.

• Goal Progress

For each goal users can set the Progress Marker dropdown menu to Yes, No, or Partially Completed. The adjacent text box can be used to provide additional details if desired.

Figure 11. Setting the outcome status of a goal.

Phase 5: Reflection

This is the client’s view of the Reflection Phase. Clients can rate the efficacy of the coaching cycle and enter text to answer four reflective questions. The coach’s view includes the rating scale and two text questions. The client and coach can enter text only into their respective boxes, but each can see the rating and textfields of the other.

When the coaching cycle has been completed, use the Close Tab link to return to the TIM-C Dashboard, where the cycle can be tagged as published by both the client and the coach.

Figure 12. This is the client’s view of the Reflection Phase.