Claire writes: ‘Last week I spent a day in the Maths classroom in a secondary school. I was developing teachers who are using a coach approach with colleagues. There was plenty of learning and a recognition of how much coaching can easily seen to be a way of fixing under-performing teachers. Here’s one picture from the wall display about how Maths can change the world!
When receiving coaching makes someone feel done to, it’s painful for both colleagues and at best can only move things forward in a transactional way. As long as there is enough trust, there is potential for transformation – when people have deeper insights that will change how they think about something.
The first step is to stop talking about problems that need fixing. I like to start a conversation asking people ‘What’s your question for today?’. It’s optimistic and future focused. It shows respect and makes the conversation easier. And it shifts thinking.”
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