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How can I redirect the conversation, while maintaining our relationship?

Nov 9, 2014 7:52pm

I mentor new teachers; however I have several new teachers that Iam struggling to move forward in their own professional growth, because during our post observation discussions all they want to do is complain about how over whelmed they are feeling and how they do not get support from the principal, and how students misbehave and all the changes in education.

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    • Nov 9, 2014 11:44pm

      I agree that structuring the conversation will be helpful. Focus on one or two areas of growth and walk in with an action plan on paper. Try to direct the teachers to create reachable goals and as the coach, outline what objectives will need to be accomplished to meet these goals. Hopefully pushing the conversation towards productivity will help to keep the teachers on track with the intended conversation. Also, try to point out things that each teacher is doing well that are worthy of praise (i.e. "I noticed that your management procedures help students to be more self-directed and that is so beneficial to them").

      • Dec 14, 2016 10:35am

        Let the teacher know you understand the aggravation and overwhelming aspects, but what you need to do is find things to address the issues so they aren't aggravating and overwhelming. Empathy (a little bit) helps. Sometimes people need to vent, but we need to make sure that isn't all they are doing. A solution needs to be found and they have to be a part of it to correct what they can change and deal with what they can't change.