You are an expert in your area. You have been invited to speak to an audience. However, they haven't chosen to come and listen to you. Soon you realise they are not as happy to listen to you, as you are to speak about your subject.
In this chapter, from "The Coach in the Classroom" I share a powerful and respectful strategy for opening the audience's hearts and minds, and winning them over to at least listening to your expertise.
Chapter 7 - More talk, less control
If coaching was easy, anyone could do it.
A lot of people think they can coach.
He had great ideas about how to teach too, so why not coach teachers?
They certainly need it, right?
I invite you to follow Riccardo, in this chapter from "The Coach in the Classroom" as he learns how not to coach; and discovers the one question to ask, first.
Chapter 6 - Reading aloud from the book
They say that one can learn from one's mistakes.
Or you could learn from mine!
You are going to observe a teacher teach. A tired teacher. A very tired teacher. One who has struggled, and not succeeded. One who has been encouraged to improve (the students' results) and who has not yet succeeded.
And you - yes you - are going to coach him.
As you read this excerpt from "The Coach in the Classroom" notice when you would have done things differently.
Chapter 5 - Give up and continue
It's a lovely day at school, all your students are working on finishing their stories and you hear, at the back of the classroom, that two people are getting into a fight.
In this excerpt from the book "The Coach in the Classroom" I share with you one teacher's surprisingly simple approach.
"Whilst this might not solve every classroom fight, it does give food for thought for those of us who experience such situations as challenging or threatening."
Chapter 4 - Classroom fight
Observing two teachers teach the same class at the same time it became clear that there was room for improvement. I could not have asked for a more perfect demonstration of the impact of a teacher's strategies on the students' learning.
What might the results be for the students if these two teachers were more aligned with their shared teaching strategies? In this chapter, I share one technique to uncover strategies for uncovering shared strategies.
Note: This is an area which I believe can and should be developed further - stay tuned!
Chapter 3 - Two teachers' strategies
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