Learning Coach – Then and Now…
I used to think that a Learning Coach was the person who would gather resources, explore alternative strategies and/or supply expertise for all students and especially those with special needs. This might look like helping with behaviour problems, curriculum adaptations or modifications, motivation issues or any other of the myriad of needs that are found in any classroom or school.
After taking part in the Cognitive Coaching and Learning Coach training sessions I have come to realize that the level of expertise required to make the coaching process as seamless as John Clarke made it look is vastly different from the above list of activities. I see the differences between those type of consulting activities and the coaching role. This is a role built on trust and respect. This is the first step in coaching a colleague to move out of their comfort zone to examine their fundamental educational beliefs in order to deepen the learning experiences of their students.
Barb is the SNAP Coordinator for Forest Green School and Connections for Learning. She is passionate about learning and is looking forward to a summer spent in Mexico!