Yes, I used "should," (which elsewhere I suggest we banish from our vocabularies). And here are some other numbers that relate to our work that you might appreciate. 4: The November day which has been designated as International Coach Appreciation Day.
I recently did a workshop on coaching in which a high school principal expressed her desire to partner with her coaches and asked if I had any suggestions for how she could best support them.
I'm often asked by coaches if I can recommend a book or resource on adult learning theory. Learning about adult learning is essential if we want to be effective coaches--it's a knowledge set we can't do without.
A guest blog by Jennifer Abrams: "I spent some time last week with a colleague who was looking to get 'unstuck.' She wasn't sure what was next on her career path. She was calling many of her former colleagues to meet, to talk, to 'get perspective.'"
I'm frequently asked, "What's your secret weapon for coaching. What's the number one tool or strategy you use?" I think people want a response such as, "It's active listening," or "I always plan for coaching conversations," something concrete and replicable. After some reflection, I've identified my secret coaching weapon. It's compassion.
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.
I spent last week learning about transformational coaching with educators from all over our country, plus one participant from Kenya! Some fifty teacher-leaders, coaches, and administrators came to Oakland and participated in my "Art of Coaching" institutes and dug deep into the what, how and why of transformational coaching. I love facilitating these workshops and always come away with a deeper understanding of coaching because of the questions that are asked, the connections that are made, the ways in which I'm pushed to think and articulate and share. So first--thank you to all who participated! Spending so much time this ...
Carmen, who is beginning her first year as a coach, wrote me asking, "What does the first week for a coach look like? And how does a schedule play an important role for the coach and her principal in terms of what they're expecting?" These are great questions and timely to the start of a new year.
One of the keys to being an effective instructional coach is to be absolutely clear on your role: What is your purpose in coaching? What are you supposed to do as a coach?
Some of you may already know that I'm a loud, staunch, passionate advocate for planning--in this case, for coaches to plan their coaching sessions with teachers...if you plan for a coaching conversation it's almost guaranteed to be smoother, go deeper, be more strategic, and result in transformational learning than had you just showed up and jumped in.