Saturday, March 14, 2015

Leadership Coaching

This workshop was my third PD session for this year and I would regard it to be a very positive and enjoyable experience.  

I have been introduced to the eight skills of coaching and became aware of the true meaning of coaching and how to use the GROWTH coaching framework.

We all know that goal setting is really important as it gives a directive, energising function and effect commitment. Therefore, one has to make sure that iSMART goals [inspiring, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound] are being set, instead of SLOTH goals [Somewhat vague, Lack commitment, Open-ended, Timid, Hard to achieve], as they will be more likely be achieved.

What I also liked was that the group were able to see the impact of a coaching conversation and that we were given time to practice coaching someone.

Summing up:
  • Coaching is about transforming good intentions into great results, it is a significant conversation
  • It is a significant conversation to unlock a person's potential to maximise their performance
  • When a leader coaches a colleague, you encouraged them to be self-directed.  
  • Good coaching leads to Actions, Clarity and Energy

~ "Vision without action is but a dream. Action without vision is a waste of energy. But a vision with action can move mountains" - Lao- Tze

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Developing independent students - edchatNZ

After missing a couple of edchatNZ sessions, I started to feel that I had the so called 'withdrawal syndrome'

This chat did not disappoint, with many professionals spending time to share ideas and their knowledge in our 'virtual staff-room'! 


  • Although it is important to engage students and develop life-long learners, it is my perception that we should foremost aim to develop confidence in our students. This [I think] will enable students to work independently, as they will have the confidence to try new things, not fearing to make mistakes.
  • We need to encouraging students to think more for themselves and give them choices. When students have choices, they feel that they have ownership of their learning. Students will take more responsibility for their own learning when they have agency.
What if... we help students to experience a situation / challenge they never had before and enable them to utilize their individual skills to confidently solve a problem?

~ "Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students." - Solomon Ortiz ~