When are peer coaches available?

For third term 2019, coaches are available in the Library Learning Commons before school, during 3rd and 4th blocks, certain lunches, AAA and after school.

Where is the Peer Coaching Center located?

The Peer Coaching Center is located near the check out desk in the Library Learning Commons. If you need direction, just ask library staff.

Do I have to schedule an appointment ahead of time or can I just walk in?

Yes, you DO have to schedule an appointment ahead of time if you’d like to meet with a coach before or after school or during AAA. You do NOT typically need to make an appointment if you want to meet with a coach during 3rd or 4th block or during lunch. Show up in the LLC, and one of the library staff will you get you set up with a coach.

It’s easy to make an appointment! You will need to set up an account the first time, but after that you simply login with your username and password.

The system will show you when peer coaches are available and will remind you with an email or text before your appointment.

To get to the appointment website click here.

Can I come to the Coaching Center with work from any class?

Yes! Although our coaches have specialized interests in certain academic areas, you can come to the center to discuss projects in social studies, science, art, etc . . .

Is peer coaching only for people who struggle in school?

No! Peer Coaching is for everyone.

The goal of peer coaching is to have conversations with someone else about your work and problem-solve through barriers together.

Need to write a college entrance essay but don’t know where to start?

Know that if you worked through a specific math problem with someone else you’d get it?

Verbal processing–talking it out with someone–is the best way to solve problems, remember information, and learn.

Are all appointments one on one, or can I schedule an appointment for small group work?

Appointments are set up so that you are working one-to-one with a peer coach; however, we know that sometimes you will be working on a small group project. One person in the group should make the reservation and just tell your peer coach in the “notes” box that you are working with a small group.

How long are appointments?

Appointments are typically 30 minutes. If you need longer, you can book up to an hour with a peer coach.

Who are the peer coaches? Are they nice people? Will I feel comfortable working with them?

Peer coaches are selected based on their interest in connecting with BHS students. They have been trained intentionally to make you feel comfortable working on problem solving. These coaches also have your best interest as their focus. You can find more information about each coach here.

Do I have to be super “smart” in math and writing to become a peer coach?

You need to be good at asking questions, friendly, and willing to work through a problem together with someone else. The best coaches ask a ton of questions, and when they don’t know something they are willing to find out an answer with others.

How do I become a peer coach?

If you’re interested in becoming a peer coach, contact any of the Library Learning Commons staff: Amy Sparks >> asparks@bhmschools.org OR Marissa Russell >> mrussell@bhmschools.org OR Tammy Otten >> totten@bhmschools.org OR just stop by the LLC and chat.

Is there some kind of training for peer coaches?

Yes. First, we’ll have you fill out a short application. Then, we will let you know when the next small group trainings will be held–usually in the morning before school (bagels included :))