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How is working with adults different from working with students?

Hello Coaches! Welcome back to the #coachbetter podcast! Today we’re chatting about the differences between working with students and working with adults. We have four of our superstar coaches from the podcast: Will, Tim, Ben and Maggie, so you get a wide range of perspectives and experiences! This conversation was prompted by a question in our #coachbetter Facebook group: “How is Working with Adults Different Than Working With Students?”  We talk through the challenges many of us faced in transitioning from a teaching to a coaching role, the important elements to consider when working with adults, and the strategies and tips we have learned on our coaching journeys! If you have questions about coaching, please join our Facebook group, or message us on any of the social media platforms @edurolearning! If you enjoy today’s episode, you’re going to love our new resource for instructional coaches at coachbetter.tv/start. As requested by our listeners, we’re compiling all of our coaching resources in one place just for you – and we’re just getting started, so check back often for more content!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS CONVERSATION:

Will: When I moved out of the classroom and started working with teachers. Wondering about how adults aren’t used to taking direction as kids are. The skills you learned as teacher, don’t always automatically apply to working with adults. As a coach you’re always working back and forth between those two lenses

Tim: It’s good to tell the students why you’re doing something, but they’ll give you more time to elicit it, but adults want to know right away. Could be a big part of time management, is this something useful for me. If it is, i want to learn more.

Ben: With kids you have built-in credibility, with adults you don’t always have that right away. Especially if they’re a full time classroom teacher and you’re seen as “not a classroom teacher” – important to build credibility without sounding like you’re bragging.

Maggie: Working with students often involves students wanting to know how to do something, and with teachers it’s about how to plan how to do something and then reflect. Teachers are generally more reflective than students. Teachers welcome an opportunity to talk about something they’ve done with the view of making it better. The biggest difference is what’s going on under the surface. Although they come in ostentaciously to talk about something that’s happened, the conversations veer off into personal identity, how they connect with other people, how much influence they have on certain situations. The focus of conversation with students s about their work, not what’s going on under the surface of their work.

Ben: As much of teacher identity is tied to their work. Students not so much. Asking them to change or be better is asking them to change themselves.

 

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