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I am a first year coach. I also would like to know how to help my experienced teachers engage in continual growth and reflection. I want to build perceptions that working with a coach is something that excellent teachers do, rather than something only for those who need something to be "fixed."

Nov 13, 2014 2:40pm

This is my first post. I hope I did this right!

  • 9-12
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 14, 2014 1:44pm

      I like to use professional sports/music stars as examples. Often when teachers introduce me in their classroom, students will say, "But ____, you are already a great teacher," and I respond with, "Michael Jordan had a coach and he was the greatest basketball player ever!" I use Michael Jordan - even though a lot of kids don't know him now! - because throughout his career he went from needing technical coaching to adaptive coaching to mental/cognitive coaching. Phil Jackson worked on the mental mindsets - or habits of mind - that allowed Jordan to reach new heights. I think more experienced teachers need that more often than another set of eyes on their classroom.

      • Nov 15, 2014 10:30pm

        Thanks Sheri and Nancy,
        This is my first post as well.
        Nancy, your post has answered my nagging question of how to start my assignment in a new school. As this is my first experience I wondered where to start as well, several ideas all coming at the same time.
        I have learnt that it is important to make the teachers relaxed and to tart with finding out their needs. This makes you a friend! And the "have you considered..." style is very helpful.