And this past week MG hired him to come train MTT coaches. So they can be like Mike.
Lee is perhaps best known 'round these parts for developing a method for coaching teachers in real time. But not, like, calling timeouts and telling kids tofreeze. No no. He gives his teachers ear buds and sits in the back of the classroom with a walkie-talkie barking one or two word directions.
"Narrate compliance. Narrate. Narrate. Louder. Louder. Scan Jose. Jose. Jose. Narrate."
Three MTT's actually got to be coached by Lee. Who is an intense dude, I might add. His main critique of our operation was that our coaches need to convey a higher degree of urgency in debrief meetings. "Hey, that classroom is chaos. You know the only thing between those kids and the street? YOU. You gotta dig deep and find that stronger voice or it's the STREET."
Anyway, having gotten the Pimp yo' Program makeover advice from Mssr. Canter, MTT Admin Orin let me test drive the new protocol. Slapped the ear bud in my ear, came up with 2-3 focus areas (narrate compliance, "why" stretch it moments), and set up shop in the back of room 205.
"I think this relates to our Essential Question."
KKRRZZT Why? KKRRZZT
Boom. Instant coaching. Same great taste, none of the calories. The experience was kind of jarring at first, and it did draw my attention away from other stuff (I practically forgot to do an opening altogether); but the benefits were tangible and immediate. After a few minutes, Orin all but stopped reminding me to ask "why" or narrate compliance. It was "sticky" over that hour, as MG would say.
"Trudeau, what's that in your ear."
"I'm a secret service teacher."
"Oh yeah? KKRRZZT Take Felico down KKRRZZT."