As coaches, our primary tools are listening and questioning. It's time we take responsibility for how we've listened and the questions we've asked. It's time we listen and respond in new ways. First, A Reckoning We have asked many questions that were disguised in armor, that marched out with the intent to corner someone and provoke a fight. We have asked many questions that were proud of their brilliance and intellectual prowess, questions that sauntered forth with research tucked under their arms, assuming that erudite arrogance was acceptable in the halls of learning institutions, when really, those questions were simply ...
Our stories can be empowering, motivating, and useful--or they can be undermining and destructive. As a coach in schools, I'm constantly on the listen for storytelling that doesn't serve the tellers or students or the community that they serve.
As a coach, your job isn't to determine when to give up on a teacher. Your job is to believe in her potential, to coach and coach and coach her, to put your own anxiety to the side, and to recognize that the journey of transformation is a long one.
Ask the people that you coach: Who do you want to be in this world? Who do you want to be for your students?
I think it is very, very hard for an administrator to coach someone they evaluate or supervise. It's hard for the administrator and it's hard for the coachee. Here's why.
Here are five things a coach must do when he or she sees a teacher engaged in a behavior that hurts student learning.
When we coach teachers, we must remember that we are coaching—and talking to—a human being, and to recognize and honor their humanity is a coach's primary mandate.
If coaching is new at your school, if you're new at your school, or you're new in the role of coach, you can cultivate trust by being explicit, direct and transparent about what you're doing and why.
If a teacher is delivering a message of hatred and exclusion to students, how should other teachers respond?
What I learned from my Kenyan colleagues was that we need each other because their work and who they are being in the world gives me strength and perspective. They help me see our commonalities and interdependence.