Over 2,400 years ago, at the height of the Athenian enlightenment, Socrates asserted that teachers should help students to uncover information for themselves. This was a radical departure from the traditional approach of the time, which thought of students as empty vessels and of teachers as dispensers of information. The Socratic philosophy of teaching set the stage for coaching, which aims to unlock and increase potential and learning.
Whether a coach is helping a teacher improve, or a teacher is using the same skills with students in the classroom, coaching allows for a constructionist theory of education. This allows for the individuals to create strategies for themselves.
The Goal of Coaching
Coaching is concerned with long-term skill development rather than with quick fixes or temporary understanding. We define coaches as those who offer inspiration, guidance, training, and modeling, and who enhance others’ abilities through motivation and support (Longenecker & Pinkel, 1997). The goal of a coach is to increase achievement by helping someone:
Find their inner strengths and passions in order to nurture self-worth and identity,
Have a voice in their own learning and negotiate collectively with the instructor to create the goals and objectives,
Passionately engage in talking content to increase memory retention and fuel motivation to learn, and,
Use their inner talents to bring their work to the highest level of scholarship attainable.
There is a lot of talk about Millennials making life difficult for middle managers in the workplace. It could be that middle managers are finding it difficult to understand exactly what generation "Why" wants. Or, it could simply be that Millen [...]
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As a teacher, I’ve always been looking for that secret sauce for creating lessons that students love. You know, those lessons that they’ll think of and talk about long after the bell rings. Those special lessons that help them remember a tricky concept they might not get otherwise. In my years of teaching, I’ve found that my secret sauce comes down to five main ingredients: * Different * Innovative * Tech-laden * Creative * Hands-on
This framework is the basis of my own teaching and of my book, “Ditch That Textbook.” And it’s probably no surprise that it’s an acronym, spelling the word “ditch,” right?
Finding just one extra hour in the working day could be the secret to getting off the hamster wheel.
Pinpointing daily time wasters could not only make you more productive, but lead to an empowering sense of control and ability to focus.
Transforming from an overburdened worker into an organised leader is all about changing habits,Larry Lucas, director of Frontline Management Institute, says.
"It's easy to get distracted by all of the little things that come up – let's face it, there are always things to be done," he says.
"But if we focus our time on those little things we fail to work on the more important, although perhaps not so urgent things. Success comes from working on the longer term important things as well as dealing with the immediate urgent things."
Freeing up an extra hour each day can usually be achieved by planning your work at the end of each day for the following day, keeping a tight written schedule, cutting out time wasters and delegating work, Lucas says.
Take a step back from your working day to spot these inefficiencies:
#Lately, I have become a little obsessed with idea of the best day ever. It is undeniable obvious when you see someone have or experience for yourself a peak experience: succeeding with a difficult, seemingly impossible task; getting a unexpected, amazing gift; finishing or winning a competitive event (depending on your goal); being given accolades for a personal accomplishment. I personally perceive it as a coming together or congruence of the mind, heart, body, and spirit where all of them are present in the moment and fulfilled. It translates into experiencing a flow state.
So this has led to me thinking how educators can create the conditions for learners to have and exclaim, “This is the best day ever!” Whoever said or made up the rules that school should be serious, boring, or painful? The institutions and places where learning takes place should be joyful and exciting places.
Time has a way of slowing down to a glacial pace when you are watching the clock at work. The idea of putting in "face time" seems antiquated in the age of flexible work schedules. But what if you work in an office that seems to value how long you're at your desk more than what you are accomplishing?
Psychologist Art Markman helps a reader navigate the peer pressure of staying late.
There is every reason to take advantage of your morning routines. Because we are always more productive after we wake up, taking advantage of the morning will prove beneficial in the short and long term.
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