Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Coaching a learner to success.

Couple of background things about me:

  • I teach fifth through eighth grade vocal music in a 3A district. I teach general music in fifth and sixth grade, an exploratory music class in seventh and eighth grade, a direct a seventh and eighth grade choir.
  • I coach cross country at the middle school for seventh and eighth girls and boys.
I'm not one of those people that say coaching taught me how to teach. I've only coached one season and will clearly explain to you that I had very little clue of what I was doing. I was the assistant to a coach who did know what they were doing. It was a wonderful experience. We had some great success through individual effort. The best part for me was that as "not the head" coach, I could position myself as head encourager.

In each of my classes I realized that sometimes learners need coaching as well. Learners need the encouragement to take the risks that lead to learning. This goes beyond learning strategies and scaffolding.

How do you convince your learner to take that last step off the ledge into new things they have not learned before? How do I encourage my learner to reach farther and be more uncomfortable? It's more than teaching. It's coaching.

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