In this month’s chat we’d like to try something a little different and explore our metaphors for coaching. The use of metaphor within coaching conversations can be a powerful way of helping the coachee to gain insight into their challenge and clarity around what they would like to be different going forward. Often, a coachee … More #educoachOC Chat 22: Metaphors for Coaching
At my school, we are intentional in our professional conversations, deliberately using different types of conversation for particular purposes. Coaching is fundamental in this work, and provides what is often our default conversational stance. Context is king in coaching. We have talked about it before on #educoachOC. In 2016 we discussed the pre-conditions for coaching … More #educoachOC Chat 21: Organisational contexts for coaching
#educoachOC returns this month to discuss the range of conversational contexts where coaching and coaching approaches can be helpful. In schools, these contexts are often identified as the starting point for the development of coaching. The Global Framework for Coaching and Mentoring in Education (van Nieuwerburgh & Campbell, 2015) provides a useful model of four … More #educoachOC Chat 20: Conversational Contexts
Have you ever had the opportunity to be coached? Are you open to the idea? What would make you hesitant to engage with coaching? What do you think are the benefits of having a coach? I expect many educators would ask themselves one simple question before being coached, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Being time … More #EducoachOC Chat 19: What’s in it for me?
While during our monthly #educoachOC chat we often have general conversations around coaching in education, and sometimes talk specifically about coaching teachers, this Monday #educoachOC is going to be exploring coaching leaders for leadership. Even though the ‘OC’ in our name refers to an Oceania-friendly time, we’re a global chat and would love for you … More #educoachOC Chat 18: Coaching for Leadership
During previous chats, we have asked for suggestions for topics that people would like to discuss. This month we’ll be discussing one of those topics – how to coach resistant teachers. Some may consider the answer to this question to be a very simple one: you can’t and shouldn’t! As with most questions in education … More #educoachOC Chat 17: Coaching as a Gift
Asking questions is a fundamental part of a coaching conversation. Just as listening and being present help contribute to a positive conversational experience socially, so too does questioning. Asking questions in everyday conversation can demonstrate interest, engagement, empathy and support. It could even say something about our values and beliefs. The questions we choose to … More #educoachOC Chat 16: Asking the Best Questions