Many schools train specific teachers to be the building's cognitive, instructional, or transformational coaches (Peter DeWitt, "Which Coaching is Best for You?, Finding Common Ground column, Education Week, January 25, ), which is a great way to go — freeing these teachers from teaching duties so they can help their colleagues analyze and improve their teaching practices. Teachers often choose to have cognitive coaching. It helps them to explore the thinking that underlies their teaching practice. Every teacher has a mental map about their teaching and the coach leads the teacher through it. This gives them access to a better understanding of the impact of their teaching style.
Just as adult learning is complex, adult teaching is equally complex. It is extremely important that the instructional coach presents feedback to the teacher in a meaningful and effective manner.