What is Coaching?
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.
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