Many educators in Ontario have had the wonderful opportunity for professional learning with Sheryl Nussbaum- Beach and Will Richardson in their PLP Network and I’m fortunate to be helping as a connected coach in one of their projects with Australian teachers.
With the help of Lani Ritter-Hall and Dean Shareski, the connected coaching team is going deeper with coaching and I’m also exploring my interest in building effective networked learning communities, both on and off-line. We are reading about Instructional Coaching, Evocative Coaching, Cognitive Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry to develop a coaching lens that fits with the PLP Project.
This week I’m wondering how asking good questions might help teachers shift their thinking to a strengths-based approach that involves personal learning, passion-based pursuits and growth. In doing that, I’ve been thinking about being more intentional about the kind of language I use and thoughtful about the kinds of questions that coaches might be asking.
I’ll be adding/revising this list during the project:
- tell me more about….
- do you have anything more to ask?
- why do you think that?
- what is the worst that might happen?
- what makes you think that?
- what are the possibilities?
- if everything was working perfectly in your classroom, what might that look like?
- I hear you saying….
- can you remember a time when something worked really well?
- can you tell us about someone you look up to for their…..
It’s definitely a work in progress, but that’s what makes the learning so darn fun! 🙂