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In the moment coaching

Nov 9, 2014 3:54pm

How do you determine when it's right to step in and do in the moment modeling/feedback for your teachers. You clearly need to have asked prior to doing it in front of children, but I sometimes find it difficult to start modeling for teachers in the moment but I know they would clearly benefit from seeing a different example. Any advice on when and how you jump in. Thanks!

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    • Nov 10, 2014 7:49pm

      In education, as Eric Lui has written, it is never one size fits all, but always one fits one. So, for that reason, my advice might not fit your situation. I just have a few simple thoughts. First, I ask myself, how would I want to be treated if I was coaching me. Second, I always try to figure what will work best with an individual teacher. Sometimes I'm more directive, but usually we work out the coaching process as partners. The heart of the matter is setting goals, I think, and once a teacher has a goal, I focus on helping that teacher hit the goal rather than telling the teacher what I see. I wrote a column about goal-setting that you can read here: