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Magazine Issue 32: Educational Coaching
February 2013

This month ideas about and techniques for Educational Coaching

Article: Coaching
New Resources
Mike's Real Time Coaching
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

Coaching

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Coaching An Article about educational coaching looking at its definition, guidelines, purpose and strategy.

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself.
Bill McCartney

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Coaching CPD
Context
Coaching, mentoring, counselling, therapy, performance management, talent development, teaching and training. What feature do they all share? They all involve people helping each other to improve; to progress in what they do and to develop in who they are. Each activity takes a different form, exists in a unique context and meets a specific need. But all of them show the human race at its best; people working together to advance their collective skills, attitudes and knowledge.

It’s important to know the different faces of this valuable gem because although they have common traits each one is distinct with its own purpose and boundaries. For example coaching can open up aspects of people’s lives that should only be explored in therapy; training may reveal strengths or weaknesses that need to be addressed with mentoring rather than by more training. 

Definition
I’ll offer you a working definition of formal educational coaching to play around with – agree, disagree, evolve it for your own context:

Educational Coaching happens when one educator fully dedicates their attention, their time, their skills, their experience and their knowledge to the enrichment and improvement of one other educator’s attitude, skills and knowledge. As a result, the coachee achieves more than they could alone.

For example: the coach working with the coachee just before their lesson begins or the coach de-briefing the coachee after a lesson is over, or the coach talking directly to the coachee in-ear while the lesson is taking place using remote video observation technology.

Guidelines
Coaching can be more effective and less risky when four important guidelines are followed by the coach and coachee: (why risky? Working with people rather than things needs emotional intelligence. Feelings are involved, values and beliefs emerge, vulnerabilities appear)

1. Protocol
Agree procedures such as the nitty-gritty of scheduling a coaching session; the rules around confidentiality and a professional exit plan if things don’t turn out as expected.

2. Relationship
Establish a working relationship founded on trust. Covey’s definition of trust is practical and helpful. He says that trust is:
  • Credibility – Coach and coach are ‘believable’ in their different roles 
  • Results – Coach has a track record of success; coachee one of change
  • Intent – Coach and coachee are committed and dedicated to the work
  • Integrity – Coach and coachee say what they do and do what they say
These four cornerstones of a trusting professional relationship may not be fully in place when coaching begins. However they can all be developed as the work advances. As the work progresses, so should the trust.

3. Communication
Agree methods of communication and accept that the meaning of any interaction is a shared responsibility. If the coach has spoken it doesn’t guarantee that the coachee has understood what she meant

4. Results
Agree on the purpose of your coaching tasks and identify success criteria. Coaching work can lie anywhere on a spectrum from Fixing to Flying: Fixing a problem; Flying even higher. Everyone deserves a coach, not just those who have lost their way in the profession.

Strategy
Coaching can happen informally in staffrooms, corridors, pubs and coffee shops. That’s valuable. It can also happen through a fully resourced long-term talent management strategy. That’s valuable too. One way to kick-start the formal approach is through a staff talent audit. Focussing on only strengths, staff put forward the things they do best. This is collated and celebrated. Then each person reveals one area in which they’d like help. Coaching pairs are created in which one teacher can offer support to the other. Like any professional development it’ll need time and consequently money. The availability of both will occur in proportion to the belief in coaching as a tool that raises professional and academic standards.

New Resources:

BBB Thinking

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BBB Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool providing a fast way to evaluate and categorise ideas. Helps to plan arguments and debates and to make quick choices.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment Decision Making Debate
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Geography Think Sheet - Change

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Geography Think Sheet - Change A Think Sheet to prompt high order thinking about rural and urban change at KS3.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Geography, Secondary

Tags: Change Cities Sustainability
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Mike's Real Time Coaching

Find out about the impact of Live Feedback using Real Time Coaching with Video In Ear facilities on teacher professional growth. Information and short videos in the training area.

Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

Three Thinking Tools developing techniques for challenging assumptions and deepening learning, from  Feb 2011, Oct 2010 & Jan 2008

CIA Thinking

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CIA Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple framework for analysing information and opinion.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Evaluation Analysis
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STAMP Thinking

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STAMP Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a memorable template for quickly assessing evidence, opinion and reports.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint

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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template providing Powerpoint slides for easily setting up STAMP activities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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SGK Thinking

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SGK Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool providing a framework for making choices.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Evaluation Analysis
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Books:

The Coaching Bible
by McDermott & Jago

The Coaching Bible <br>by McDermott & Jago A straightforward framework for coaches, coachees and those commissioning a coaching provision.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development

Tags: Coaching CPD


Websites:

Iris Connect Remote Coaching Case Study

Iris Connect Remote Coaching Case Study

A sample of the kind of impact Mike’s coaching techniques can have using Iris Connect technology.

Supporting and Developing NQTs and RQTs

From RI to Outstanding in 8 Weeks

Embedding a Sustainable Coaching Culture



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Categories: Websites, Research, Professional Development

Tags: In Ear Coaching Coaching CPD




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