Collegial Coaching

Education — the process through which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives.  Excellent teachers make it possible.

Participant Comments



What squared with something you already knew?

  • You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink - invitation only - is the key.
  • People need to construct their own meaning – there are no right answers.
  • People learn better when they really think about what they are doing and discuss it with someone else.
  • Coaching is a partnership.
  • Coaching is a valuable resource.
  • Building relationships is the foundation for successful coaching.
  • The teacher needs to invite - the coach and the inviting teacher must have mutual respect and trust and share a willingness to be open.
  • Coaching would be sharing.
  • Learning results when questions prompt thinking.
  • Coaching is one on one interaction that takes time to develop and execute.

What completed a circle of knowledge?

  • How to observe and what to feedback.
  • Having a greater clarity before you begin teaching gives better results.
  • Different stages of coaching and their importance.
  • The feedback process and responses - very different from mentoring prac students.
  • Coaching is supportive focus on the positives.
  • The role of the coach is significantly different from the role of the evaluator.
  • It is a process of reflective practice using questions.
  • Delineating the various types of feedback allows an easy stepped approach to coaching.

What did you see from a different angle?

  • Teaching observations.
  • Feedback – There are different types of feedback.
  • The role of pre conferencing.
  • Different feedback types serve different purposes.
  • Need for affirmation.
  • Taking observations is so 'hectic' that there is no room to evaluate or judge.
  • The removal of anxiety is inherent in the "evaluation".
  • The role of the coach.

What new direction will you now go in?  What action will you take?

  • Collegial Coaching to spiral out.
  • Become a qualified collegial coach. I will actively pursue more collegial coaching training sessions with my team.
  • My own capabilities as a teacher.
  • Introduce the role to staff and ask teachers to consider their interest in inviting me in.
  • Use the coaching model to help others move forward.
  • Teach coaching skills to my staff.
  • Introduce collegial coaching throughout the school.
  • Evaluate my own teaching.
  • Try coaching.
  • I will implement a coaching PD with my staff - coaching the coaches.
  • Practice the craft of observation.
  • Talk with my teachers about what I am doing in a positive way.  Practice on coaches.
  • Evaluate my own teaching.
  • Focus my questions in coaching and non coaching situations.
  • Coaching my peers and being an inviting teacher

What did I get that I wanted?

  • Definition and explanation of coaching.
  • Understanding the process of coaching.
  • Tips for enhancing the coaching process.
  • Confidence to begin the journey of collegial coaching.
  • A good understanding of how coaching works at a practical level.
  • I got a clearly defined approach to the coaching process that is non confrontational and collegial.
  • The knowledge/direction to coach colleagues without being judgmental and help lead them to self evaluate.
  • Knowledge about what coaching isn't.
  • Really enjoyed the workshop.
  • Knowledge about collegial coaching and a strong process to follow.
  • Information about what Collegial Coaching is and how it will benefit me and others.
  • The process language and questions.

What else I would like

An email list to forward ideas e.g. a list of coaching ideas.

A chance to do a coaching session (as a coach) and then share the experiences with other trainee coaches.

Other comments

Thank you for the interactive workshops.  I have enjoyed learning about collegial coaching and will definitely use the strategies with teachers I work with.

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