Student-Focused Coaching provided me with additional insight regarding the importance of having the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate and communicate with teachers or other colleagues. I understand that building professional relationships and effectively communicating are important when trying to create a culture of collaboration and trust, and SFC has provided me with tools and strategies that I can apply in both my personal and professional experiences.
Student-Focused Coaching provides tools to meet individual teachers where they are while also informing the coach or would-be coach on how to build a culture of collaborative problem solving. I found the chapters full of pragmatic guidance for coaching in a variety of scenarios, and there are a number of communication tools for everyone in the process (coaches, administrators, and teachers) to employ to make sure that messaging is clear and continues to focus time, energy, and attention on supporting student learning and growth.
Student-Focused Coaching (SFC) has been a springboard on my pathway to leadership. The skills and approaches in the SFC model, such as collaborative problem-solving and the SOLER technique for effective communication, have been instrumental in learning to provide differentiated support to teachers with honesty and empathy. Above all, the opportunity throughout the professional learning series to role-play through authentic experiences with like-minded colleagues was invaluable.
No sit and get. It’s an authentic dialogue with listening, powerful collaboration, engagement, and insightful systems analysis and problem solving. After six years of coaching, these sessions pulled the threads together so that I saw the complete weave of instructional coaching.