Cognitive Coaching is about providing the support and assistance for a teacher to become a self-directed thinker both independently and as a member of the school community to improve student learning. The intention is to increase the effectiveness of a teacher's decision making process to allow them to be self-monitoring and self-modifying. It is not about rendering advice, constant modeling, or solving their problems. Cognitive Coaches do not rob teachers of the opportunity to solve their own problems. They probe to bring about self-assessment.
- studied the word, Holonomy, or the act of simultaneously being equally good by yourself and as a part of your learning community.
- learned about the five States of Mind including efficacy, flexibility, interdependence, consciousness, and craftsmanship.
- discussed the goal and went over four orientations as a coach: parent, expert, friend, and boss.
- role played, practiced, synthesized, and discussed.
- explored trust. The three types Organic, Contractual, and Relational. We learned about the common facets of trust and exactly how to repair broken trust.
- discussed rapport. The Elements of Rapport: posture, gesture, tonality, language, and breathing.
- watched a video to understand, on a cellular level, what happens with mirrored neurons that makes us social beings and how that effects rapport.
- went into the four support functions of coaching. Cognitive Coaching, Collaborative Coaching, Consulting, and Evaluating. We explored the intention and purpose of each system, as well as what the conversations focus on when we are acting in this role.
- participated in a structured coaching interchange as partners.
- were assigned homework! (I feel like one of the kids! Homework = Yuck!)
Today, for the first time, I feel like I am mapping a more intentional path for how to coach. I'm not saying it won't still be an adventure with some uncharted territory, but I am implying that I will have more tools and self-awareness. I will become more of a Cognitive Coach and less of a Collaborator and Consultant. After today, I must say that I would recommend this training for any coach or principal.