Part of my job is to Coach educators toward their ideal balance of technology integration and the right blended learning for their environment. My idea of the coach I was going to be, my assessment of the coach I am, and the coach I want to grow into is important to how I interact on the job.
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Always a Coach
I was always interested in Coaching sports in which I enjoyed a measure of success. It speaks to those who master a skill or strategy wanting to share that knowledge. It also helps me understand my personal approaches over time to motivating other educators. My approach has evolved over time and i think has become more inclusive and inviting.
I always knew I would be a teacher, but the title of coach was something I added to my list of goals in middle school. While I was moderately successful in academics, I was rapidly successful in sports. Students who experience that rapid growth in anything are enthusiastic about that topic. I went so far as asking my high school coach to wait to retire until I was done with college. I was pretty certain of where I would be and what I would be doing.
And then, as life does, it changes your well-laid plans. And I moved out of state to finish my undergraduate degree in education elsewhere. And my first dream coaching job went to a teammate.
What I liked about the idea of coaching however was not gone.
Books I read when I when I needed to be a coach, but could only imagine athletics:
The Heart of a Champion: Inspiring True Stories of Challenge and Triumph
Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
The older me would also add this to that list:
My Losing Season: A Memoir
What Kind of Coach
As I gained my own classroom, I realized that I could coach in the way that I wanted without content in which I was a practiced expert. I was delighted to discover that my motivational style was well received by many students. The fact that I could guide positive results without being a complete expert was new and exciting to me.
As I worked on my craft of teaching I encountered students who were motivated differently and by unexpected things. Instead of learning all the ways to motivate individuals I started, slowly, to loosen my grip of control over the direction or from the motivation could take for different students. That is a long, ongoing process for me.
Currently I strive for a wide background of knowledge and learn specifics of softwares right before redelivery for the most part. I appreciate that the room often contains many experts, some paid to talk and others who thought they might spend the session quietly; it is my job to discover and invite them to the conversation.
Now working as an eLearning Specialist (which could also mean: a Technology Coach, an Instructional Coach) I have a complete grasp on the fact that I need to approach each participant in any coaching scenario as someone who will tell me how they want to demonstrate understanding, how they will participate, and to what depth. Maybe I do not lead with that, but that is now my default. I still fight against a compliance background, but I recognize the extra miles I see people give come from a place where they elect to give them.
Books I read to get me to where I am:
The Water Is Wide: A Memoir
Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
I Still Need Coaching
In order for me to grow I need more coaching. I below to an educational technology professional learning network which helps me gather resources to read and consider. Some recent book studies in particular have included:
Learning First, Technology Second: The Educators Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons
I wrote this book review and I would welcome more to review on this narrow topic of instructional technology leadership, EdTech Leadership.
Books which I am currently reading which I hope propel me forward:
The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation
Coaching: The 7 Laws Of Coaching: Powerful Coaching Skills That Will Predict Your Team’s Success
Continual rereads for me:
Outliers: The Story of Success
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Books I have yet to read:
The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities that Transform Schools
My Pinterest board for “Great Reads.” My GoodReads account.
What are you reading professionally that is helping you move forward?
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