Knowing there are definite stumbling blocks in getting to the point of coaching heavy, I felt like I needed a couple of key questions that I could keep in mind to ask myself and the teachers in my school (of course supporting, not negating, the conversation maps and their key steps) that would keep me focused in the heavy coaching, rather than getting sidetracked to the lighter side. Thanks to our PSD Learning Coach team at division office and to Joellen Killion, because most of these I have stolen from them!
Questions for me:
- Am I inviting reflection or imposing ideas?
- Am I asking questions or giving answers?
- Am I promoting change or maintaining comfort?
Questions for teachers (depending on the situation):
- Are your teaching practices in direct alignment with your core beliefs about teaching and learning?
- What is your philosophy of teaching? (Remember that question when you were putting your resume together?) Has it changed since you first started teaching? Have your practices changed along with it?
- Describe an “inclusion success story” from your classroom, referring to one of PSD’s five commitments to inclusion. Where can this lead you?
- Describe an “inclusion challenge” for you. Could one of PSD’s commitments to inclusion help? What would be the first step?
- Given PSD’s five commitments to inclusion, which do you feel might help in this situation? What would you be doing? What would the students be doing?
Right now I’m still finding that I have to be consciously thinking about these questions or similar questions to ensure the “coaching heavy”. Hopefully, soon it’ll be second nature in my conversations with teachers!