Teachers are coaches. It's what we do - we look and learn and we coach.
Most days we get it right. Sometimes we don't.
We've moved to a coaching model for the staff, and we're about to move to a coaching model for the students under the umbrella of our new Peer Support initiative.
During the early stages we're bound to get some things wrong. Maybe Dan Rockwell's advice will come in handy.
He reckons there are five key aspects to coaching:
#1. Stay curious.(Resist the temptation to give quick suggestions. You know the answer for you. Be curious about the answer for them.Develop a few go-to questions.Tell me more about that.What’s the next step?And what else?)
#2. Be honest with your feelings.
#3. Be direct.(Say what you see. Prepare coachees by saying, “I’m going to give you very direct feedback.”Explore the difference between intention and impact. Most people don’t intend to shoot themselves in the foot.)
#4. Practice patience.Coaching is a process.
#5. Be timely.(Coach in the moment. Don’t wait two weeks for the coaching appointment.)
Simple and effective advice!
Ideas to live by, never mind as a coach!