I did something really scary, but important. I asked for feedback about my pre-coaching visit from a room of teachers.
Let me set the background. Today was day 1 of training a group of Lead Teachers. This group was there first time back from vacation and my first time with the group. As a group we watched a video of me meeting with a teacher before I was going to go into her room to watch her teach. I had taped it two different ways-A To-Do and Not To-Do. As we watched the video, I was uncomfortable. Be proud readers I did not have too much negative self talk. I made my own list of improvements. I also found it was easier to watch the bad example because I wasn’t supposed to be good.
So I asked these two questions after I shared my video:
It was wonderful to listen to the feedback the teacher leaders gave. I will reflect on the feedback and improve my coaching technique.
Why did I open myself up this way? I believe that I need to grow as a coach. I have not nor will I master coaching. With that in mind, I need to be transparent about my learning. I am learning right with my team. I also let the teachers know more about my mind-set. If you want others to take a risk, then model what it looks like.
So, be brave.
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