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Although I have had a lot of instruction and practice in listening techniques, I believe Evocative Coaching has clarified the importance of listening and the value of being totally present; not solving problems but building on the positive.
Everything that I have learned is influencing and impacting my work with students as a teacher, as a PLC facilitator with my colleagues, and with the building and district leadership as I drop “pebbles” of the Evocative Coaching model along the pathway to our school and district’s transformation.
Each week in the Evocative Coaching Training Program I learn more and more that will impact my job. I am becoming more comfortable in using the strategies and have become much more reflective in my discussions with teachers.
Through this training program I have become a better listener; I give less advice and instead practice giving empathy. I think about how the skills I am learning can impact my students and my work environment. It has helped me detach in a good way from stressors in my environment.
The consistent focus on positive feedback really supports the self-efficacy of my staff. Being reminded of the Möbius strip with story, empathy, inquiry and design thinking has really effected how I communicate / coach my staff.
I joined this course because I wanted to transform schools; I have found instead that I have been transformed.
Through this course, I have started to really feel myself on the cusp of something quite tremendous as a professional and also as a person.
Imaginative listening is a game changer in that it allows teachers to tell their stories with full engagement. The more teachers understand their stories as stories, rather than as settled facts over which they have no control, the more teachers are cultivating a willingness to change and become lifelong learners.
By listening mindfully, quietly and reflectively when teachers tell their stories, coaches disarm resistance and evoke open dialogue which sets the stage for change. It is seldom that a person is listened to without judgment and with no agenda. This alone may be why evocative coaching is refreshing and powerful enough to transform an entire school.
When I meet with a teacher or walk into his or her class, I finally feel as if I have the tools to help them reach their potential. I took this job because I like the coaching aspect but after my first year, I was not sure if I had the “it” that caused teacher to see me as more than just a helper. I feel empowered!
In this 9 minute video, leadership coach Stephanie Baker works with Principal Rebecca Norwood using the evocative coaching model. Each stage of the process is notated so that viewers can see the movement through Listening for Stories, Expressing Empathy, Appreciating Strengths, and Design Thinking.
In this Evocative Coaching Demonstration, Bob Tschannen-Moran, co-founder of the Center for School Transformation, coaches a trainee at the outset of the Evocative Coaching Training Program regarding her own personal growth and professional development goals for taking the Program. Bob demonstrates clearly not only how to use the four steps of Evocative Coaching – Story-Empathy-Inquiry-Design – to guide the course of coaching conversations but also what those steps can generate in terms of learning, growth, and change. In so doing, he also demonstrates the dynamic, positive, and even fun energy of Evocative Coaching conversations themselves.
Want to shift away from ineffective and tedious practices for coaching teachers and school leaders to improve their performance? Want to get a better sense of what Evocative Coaching is all about and about what you might learn by taking the Evocative Coaching Training Program? Listen to this Audio Recording to help answer those questions and Sign Up Today for the next round of classes, all of which take place in a unique virtual classroom that can be accessed easily and affordably either via the telephone or through Skype. You, too, can make Evocative Coaching an integral part of your coach approach in schools.