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31st May 2013 at 01:00
Coaching: the emperor's newest set of clothes?

- Two days of continuing professional development and I am none the wiser. How can all this touchy-feely stuff substitute for just getting some decent training?


- The last set of clothes were so 2012. A new outfit is required.


- Is coaching to do with sitting down with the children and their parents, advising them where they are going wrong and then telling them what you plan to do about it?


- It's where an experienced teacher observes and "coaches" a less experienced teacher to get better. In reality it's being used to force teachers out that heads don't want.


- Didn't that used to be called mentoring?


- The process of "coaching" is more formal and structured? It might be a wise career choice if I were much perkier and less cynical.


- Mentoring is where the mentor instructs and guides the mentee towards the outcome; a coach guides the coachee towards finding the answers themselves.


- It's the latest merry-go-round rubbish. The other idea people seem reluctant to discuss is that all teachers can improve when some clearly do not have the required disposition or the "uncoachable" traits a teacher needs.


- How many school leaders does it take to change a light bulb? First the light bulb has to want to change.


- The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those that don't have it.



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