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 Mid-Point Reflection
The Topic: Mid Point Reflection: Around half way through The Coach program, we ask participants to reflect on their journey so far. The purpose behind this task is to help them acknowledge how far they’ve come and prepare them for the Personal Project at the very end of the program.
The Task: Create a 3-5 minute video reflecting on your journey so far within The Coach. Share your responses to the prompts below: Reflect on your growth and, in our private community forum (link below) please reflect on and share your thoughts using the prompts below:
- Think back to the initial goal(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of this program. Have your goals changed? If so, briefly explain how/why?
- What has impacted your thinking so far?
- In what ways have you grown so far?
- What are continued areas of growth for you?
- What are you excited about?
- What documentation have you collected? What do you still need to collect?
Watch Karli’s Video
Think back to the initial goal(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of this program. Have your goals changed? If so, briefly explain how/why?
My initial goal was to develop my foundational coaching skills by starting with Strategic Design and Planning (SDP), as explained by Elena Aguilar. These coaching behaviors include conversation planning, work planning, ZPD and gradual release, use of data, feedback on coaching and sense of impact. I continue to work on these skills but I think now it’s at a deeper, more focused level.
What has impacted your thinking so far?
The opportunities to apply my learning from each lesson in the course and then reflect on my personal goals has definitely impacted my thinking. I have increased my knowledge and ability to grow based on my reflections. This cycle of learning has resulted in me being more aware and intentional in my coaching moves.
In what ways have you grown so far?
My main area of growth is in coaching conversations, including planning and listening. I’m now consistently writing up plans for coaching conversations using data to inform the coaching cycle, gathering feedback on my coaching and starting to get a sense of my impact. In terms of listening I’m now much more intentional about letting the teacher talk, paying attention to the teacher’s body language as well as my own nonverbal cues.
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.
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What are continued areas of growth for you?
I need to continue to work on setting goals with teachers incorporating the use of data into coaching conversations more often. While I am beginning to move between different coaching stances, I would also like to work on being more intentional about which ones I choose as well as trying to use a more facilitative approach with teachers, using activities like role playing or metaphorical thinking.
What are you excited about?
I am excited about continuing my learning journey! I have progressed a lot and need to continue. I’m at a point where I can be more focused in targeting my goals by using specific resources as well as implementing certain strategies.
What documentation have you collected? What do you still need to collect?
I have collected feedback from teachers about my coaching as well as my impact. I have also collected data on my listening vs. speaking during conversations. I still need to collect data on how I use data with my coachees to inform our coaching cycles, Specifically how I engage teachers in analyzing, responding to and reflecting on the data they collect and using that to inform subsequent coaching conversations.
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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