Coaching

Talk Up Teaching | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why do teachers and schools impose silly ideas on one other? Over the last two weeks I have watched a prominent ITT provider post a recruitment video, sadly promoting the fact that teaching and learning could be assessed from walking past a teacher’s classroom door … and another school leader boasting about the fact that they could evaluate the culture of a complex school environment within the first 30 seconds from being on-school premises. Have we…

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Imagine (Always) Not Being Good Enough – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are you good enough to be a teacher? Imagine this scenario: you have a scheduled observation with your line manager and you have been teaching for over 10 years. The next 60 minutes of your life determines your pay rise, your job security, immediate workload and your mental health. The above scenario is very common in our English state schools, where, regardless of how long you have been teaching, schools have squeezed down teacher observation into…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last Friday evening before turning in for the night, I shared a six part, threaded series of thoughts on Twitter based on frequent conversations I have with technology-fearful adults. Before reflecting a bit more on these ideas, as well as sharing some of the responses these tweets invited from others, I’ll share this series of (almost) 240 character posts as a single paragraph: I am amazed how many adults start conversations with me by saying, “You know I’m just not…

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It’s Not Them; You Need To Evolve – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It seems so easy in the classroom. I’ll admit it; I get frustrated hearing stories of teachers using the same lesson plans that they’ve used for the last 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. I get angry when I hear the talk of “these kids” and all that they are not. I get even angrier when I hear that they aren’t as smart, aren’t as hard working, or aren’t as caring as those ideal kids that once filled the…

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On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? – Education Article

01.11.19On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? Here’s a slide I showed recently to coaches at a workshop: The slide is an attempt to describe a common challenge I see in the teaching/coaching of athletes. Here’s the scene. Athletes are playing. We are observing them as coaches. We notice something that needs to be improved. So we stop and make a teaching point.  All of this is to the good-especially if we can discipline ourselves to…

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