Coaching to develop skills is different from coaching for thinking. When you coach students to build skill development, the expectation is that they will be learning by imitation. However, when you coach learning that requires deeper, strategic thinking, then your purpose is to ask the kind of questions that draw out the best thinking from the person you are coaching.
This type of coaching is a personalized approach in which a learner’s voice and agency is invited and imperative. When learners share their approaches, frustrations, and ideas with someone, it helps them to think with greater clarity and remain open to continuous improvement. In each of these blogs, authors are sharing the challenges of coaching for thinking as they adjust to teaching in a remote environment.
- Art Costa shares the dilemma that coaches experience as they balance the coaching for the other’s thinking and problem solving and giving advice.
- Wendy Barron gives us strategies for coaching that attend to the social, emotional, and cognitive state of the individual.
- Mike Mohammad shares how he has redefined coaching for understanding in remote learning.
- Scott Wright focuses on the tight relationship between coaching and feedback.
- Jeanne Tribuzzi challenges us to broaden our conception of who does coaching.
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