Need for a Shared Vision and Balance:
Teachers strive to do all for everyone -- it is just in our nature --but that sometimes leaves us prone to a limited view about long-term goals and the impact just doing and not reflecting has on students--and ourselves.
A good coach understands this and might help you recognize viewpoints that you had inside all along and introduce approaches that lead to balance and sustainable best practices. Although it is often hard to ask for it, effective instructional coaching can offer support, in a non-evaluative manner, to:
- connect you to resources,
- create a shared vision and trust, and
- guide you to reflect on your practices and find your own answers.
All of which makes for more effective instruction for our students and happier teachers.
Coaching is about improving thinking
"Coaching is not about solving problems, although problems will be solved. It is not primarily about improving performance, attaining goals, or achieving results, although all of that will certainly happen in an effective coaching relationship. We believe that coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important choices."
Co-Active Coaching (Whitworth, Kimsey-House, Kimsey-House, and Sandahl)