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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!
Teacher Coach Training
Are you tasked with the responsibility of assisting teachers to improve their performance in the classroom? Are you frustrated with the quality and outcomes of the conversations you are having with teachers? Are you experiencing tension over the competing commitments of evaluation and relationship-based professional development? Are you looking for ways to take your coaching leadership skills to the next level? If so, then the Evocative Coaching Training Program provided by Lead Learner Associates can assist you to get where you want to go.
We do this by equipping people to have more positive and productive conversations with colleagues. Our process moves people beyond old ways of thinking, doing, and being. It inspires and invigorates the passion for making schools better, one conversation at a time. By learning how to coach with a person-centered, no-fault, and strengths-based approach, school leaders, staff developers, mentors, department chairs, instructional coaches, and others engaged in instructional innovation become better equipped to facilitate full engagement and inspire transformational change. Register Today! for upcoming Open Cohorts, or Contact Lead Learner Associates to arrange for a dedicated group to go through the training together.