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How do you help to encourage a growth mindset with the staff and the teachers you coach?

Nov 8, 2014 10:32am

Instructional coaching is new to our staff, and this is my first year as a coach. Teachers seem to see coaching as only for struggling or new teachers. Some have little interest in improving their practice.

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    • Nov 10, 2014 8:50pm

      Hi Jen, I think the best argument for coaching is in Atul Gawande's great New Yorker article Personal Best. You can find it online here:

      • Nov 8, 2014 6:58pm

        Teachers are not shy about telling coaches and school leaders what they need, so try letting them be part of the decision as to what they need to help them grow. I have also found that being as relatable as possible and projecting the message that I don't have all the perfect answers-we will have to grow together- helps with the growth mindset.

        • Nov 9, 2014 10:11pm

          @Carol: Dweck is on my list to discuss at some point.

          • Nov 15, 2014 5:22pm

            Try engaging them in a reading protocol like 4A's with this article summary about the importance of growth mindset in organizations. The culture of the students will never surpass the culture of the staff so it is imperative that we help them make meaning of growth mindset and how it applies in their context.