Are you an experienced instructional coach?
Have you been having coaching conversations for several years?
Curious how you can continue to hone your craft?
This week on #coachbetter QuickTips, we’re talking about ways to continue to develop your coaching skills, even as an experienced coach!
This is a highlight from a previous #coachbetter episode on The Essentials of Professional Learning for Instructional Coaches with The Coach mentors, listen to the whole episode here!
What’s YOUR level of coaching mastery?
All coaches go through various stages of coaching mastery. Once you identify where you’re at, you can begin to build the skills needed to move to the next stage.
This quiz is based on real-life case studies compiled from years of working with coaches inside The Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program!
When you receive your results, you’ll also get your matching case study from the STRIVE Case Studies to see where you fit in the stages of coaching mastery.
Ready to tackle your challenges and move on to the next level in YOUR coaching practice?
The STRIVE Model of Coaching Mastery quiz will help you identify your level of coaching mastery by matching you with case studies compiled from years of working with coaches inside The Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program so you can easily see where you fit!
When you complete the quiz, you’ll get:
- Your matching case study,
- Specific strengths & challenges aligned to your result;
- Suggested next steps for each stage;
Plus the Case Study Document includes:
- Case studies leveled by coaching mastery;
- A framework to identify essential stages of professional growth & key areas to focus on in your professional learning;
- Alignment with the THRIVE Model for a Successful Coaching Culture;
- Space for you to reflect & prioritize so you can take action immediately!
You’ll go straight to the Quiz, and get the Case Study Document via email.
3 Ways to Level Up Your Instructional Coaching Skills as an Experienced Coach
1: Very intentionally practice coaching conversations.
Be intentional in developing your coaching skills by practicing coaching conversations. You do this many ways, including:
- role play coaching conversations
- record yourself having a coaching conversation and watching back, and
- scribing coaching conversation (yours or others).
When you record yourself having a coaching conversation, play back the video and:
- look carefully at body language and non-verbal communication, what messages are you sending? What is your coaching partner showing?
- turn the sound off so you can focus on observing rather than listening and reflect on what you notice.
- transcribe the conversation to see what you might have said to take the coaching deeper.
- challenge yourself to explore opportunities to coach for different states of mind (using a Cognitive Coaching approach), rather than specific task identified in the conversation.
2: Taking the time for your own reflection, instead of just holding space for others.
Oftentimes coaches are alone in their building, so finding people who are having similar experiences that you can talk to / learn from and bouncing ideas off of each other is essential. All coaches need to build a community to engage with, so you have support in your journey.
When you have a network of support, make time for your own reflection, find opportunities to be coached, ensure that you are holding space for your own processing and professional growth.
3: Support others growing into a coaching or leadership role.
When we first start out as coaches, we’re focused on “what do I do to improve myself?” Once you’re more confident, you can begin to transition to building that capacity in others. Coaching strategies are not just for coaches. Once you are more comfortable in your role, you can support others growing into a coaching / leadership role. Everyone can coach each other.
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Want to continue growing in your coaching role?
If you’re ready to be more intentional and strategic in your coaching role and your school or organization – or if you’re new to instructional coaching and you’re curious about getting started, join us for one of our courses for coaches!
One of the things we’re most proud of here at Eduro is that there’s no one-size-fits-all learning – you always have choice and voice in how you learn with us. Today’s video highlights one of the key themes that you’ll find in three of our programs, and if you’re curious to take your learning deeper, we have three great options for you.
If you’re just getting started as a coach, and you want to learn how to make these mindset and skillset shifts, watch our New to Coaching Workshop, which will also tell you all about our brand new course, Getting Started as a Coach.
If you’re already a coach & you want to think about being more intentional & strategic in your practice, watch our workshop on the Thrive Model for Coaching Success which will help you evaluate your program to see where you may have room to grow – and help you decide if our year-long mentorship and certification program, The Coach, is right for you, right now
Just like all our learning experiences, the content in both of these courses is self paced so you get access to everything immediately – but you get so much more: when you join the course, you get access to our #coachbetter global community with optional group coaching calls at various time zones to meet & connect with other coaches PLUS private office hours with me to get all your questions answered & work through anything coaching related in your unique school context.
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