"Will" gaps can be connected to feelings of disempowerment. When teachers feel disempowered, they start disengaging. So for coaches, our work is to put the learner back in the driver's seat.
Asset-based coaching isn't about ignoring the areas of greatest need--it's about solidifying other areas first and helping someone feel so confident in their strengths that they feel almost invincible when it comes to tackling areas for growth.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 7 of The Art of Coaching Teams which was released on February 29! When I ask educators to name their top challenges working with teams, I most often hear, "How do you stop one person from dominating the conversation?" I've encountered this challenge many times--as a participant in a team and a leader. Initially, I blamed the individual--Why doesn't he stop talking? Can't he see how much airtime he's taking up? How can he be so disrespectful? As a member of a team with a dominator, I looked to the leader to do something about ...
"What's the difference," I'm often asked, "between one-on-one coaching with teachers, and coaching a team of teachers?" My simplified response is that coaching teams is harder, and can have a different impact than coaching individuals. Different Purposes Let's start here: there are very different reasons to coach teachers one-on-one versus in a group. Individual coaching is a powerful form of professional development because of the potential for differentiation: an instructional coach can precisely meet a teacher wherever he or she is at. When you're working with just one person, you can set a pace that is exactly what they need, ...
I've discovered a new podcast: the School Leadership Show, by Mike Doughty. Although it's "for school administrators, by school administrators," there are lots of episodes that are meaningful and relevant for coaches and teacher leaders. As a devourer of podcasts, this is a great work-related addition to my feed.
When my coaching feels constricted and tight and tense, I don't think it's of the transformational variety.
Although I've worked in this field of adult learning for about ten years, I have never had one, consistent, expert coach. I'm now experiencing what can happen when you receive weekly coaching from a master coach. Here are some of my reflections in this process.
This first Monday-after-winter-break can be hard for some of us who work in schools. I've noticed that folks show up with the greatest breadth of emotions on this first day back--ranging from optimistic and energized, to depressed and hopeless--and sometimes all of these at once.
Here's another transcript of a coaching conversation!
Today, Steve Sexton, one of the great leaders of our time, is being memorialized. If you have not heard of him, know this: he was a transformational school leader who contributed an immeasurable amount to children and to interrupting inequities.