Coaching a teacher who appears "delusional" requires you to slow down and get curious.
Katie was one of the most challenging teachers for me to coach because of the emotions that arose in me. I often felt frustrated with her, because I felt like her perfectionism was getting in the way of her being a good teacher, and I felt impatient with her.
Coaching a perfectionist teacher requires an expansive set of tools--they are a complicated type to coach. What follows are eleven strategies that I've found are useful with most perfectionists.
At the heart of perfectionism is a belief that, in order to be loved and accepted, we must strive to act and be the best all the time. Our very worth as a human being is tied to our perfection.
Often when I ask educators how they're feeling, the most common phrases I hear are, "I'm overwhelmed" and "I'm so stressed."
Five strategies for coaching a cranky teacher that start with getting humble and empathetic.
Teachers commonly express strong emotions in coaching sessions. Here are a few ways to help them process those.
Transformational coaching is an approach that explores a teacher's behaviors, beliefs, and ways of being, and that uses a systems thinking perspective to solve for common instructional challenges.
A basic plan for a coaching conversation provides a routine that allows you and your coachee to enter each conversation with confidence, while also providing a structure to return to should the conversation digress.
While educators as a whole are terribly underappreciated, coaches might be the least appreciated group of all.