We want to give you a peek inside our Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program. Coaches taking part in this academic-year-long journey have graciously given us permission to post some of their learning and reflections from the private coursework they are undertaking during this program. Where possible, we have shared the course and the action task to give context for the guest post.
The Coach Learning Journey Video Reflection
The Learning Journey Video Reflection is a chance for you to reflect on everything you’ve learned and/or discovered throughout this Certificate Program. You will create an 8-10 min video sharing on the goal that you set, documenting the process of working towards your goal, reflecting on your achievement and sharing the process/outcome with our learning community. The most important part of your personal project is that it’s relevant to you, and you can demonstrate, through documentation and video, the impact your work has had on your school.
Watch Betty’s Video
What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of the program?
When I set my initial goals at the beginning of the program, I focused specifically on my listening skills and emotional resilience as I felt I needed these to engage in intentional coaching interactions.
How did each milestone support you in reaching your goal?
From the first to the last milestone, they all have guided me in going beyond my initial goals each time. As I review them once more:
- Milestone 0: A Video of a statement for my beliefs about DEIJ.
- Milestone 1: A Video to Communicate My Coaching Vision
- Milestone 2: Coaching Cycle Infographics
- Milestone 3: Data Analysis to Measure Professional Growth
I realized how much I have achieved in terms of learning about technology, about myself, and about where the professional directions that fit my profile best.
What has been your biggest area of growth in the program?
I would say that I have learned to look after myself and make sure to use my reflections to inform project planning.
Where do you still have room to grow?
This is a never-ending quest for me! But I would say that for the time being, I am particularly interested in:
- Finding more opportunities to practice Diane Sweeney’s coaching moves.
- Developing my team coaching skills
- Facilitating Professional Development
What surprises and/or challenges have you had along the way?
The biggest surprise is that during phase 3, everything fell into place for me to face that I had to be audacious and grab the opportunity to collaborate with alternative schools in France.
What would you do differently next time? What did you learn?
Towards the end of The coach, I found a way to keep track of resources that I found useful, and I wish I had started earlier because I know that it is always very challenging to try and catch up. Still, now I have this new approach; I feel that I have learned to be structured in identifying which kind of projects I am interested in developing and knowing how to start them.
How did the Coach support you in your learning journey?
Where can I start?! From providing so many various resources (readings, podcasts, and forums) to developing a PLN, it has felt tailored, safe, and challenging at the same time throughout the whole program.
How has your learning inside the Coach impacted your coaching practice & program in your school setting?
Apart from the fact that I got to participate in developing the success criteria, I would say that the program had a topical impact on my school setting. Still using the program, I have many opportunities to explore coaching stances.
What next for your professional learning?
To become more systematic and rigorous in collecting data so I can make it visible and collaborate on its analysis more easily.
Level Up Your Coaching with The Coach!
If you are ready to develop your coaching practice over the next academic year, and explore topics like transitioning your work from individuals to teams, please join us for our next cohort of The Coach!
Wherever you are in building a coaching culture in your school, The Coach will give you the strategies, skills and tools you need to make coaching a success and will empower you to confidently apply instructional coaching strategies in any situation – from building a coaching program, to having coaching conversations, to being a leader in your school community. We facilitate only one cohort each academic year so we can offer individualized support for each participant.
Registration for our next global cohort opens once a year – check the website for details!
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