Cognitive Coaching Journal Day 5

The review we have done today:

I feel quite good that I knew a lot of the factual information from the first four days of cognitive coaching.  It was also very helpful talking to others about their learning from and after the first four days.  We were able to connect a lot of different learning experiences to a connected understanding, that felt great.  The example of this that sticks out is how by sticking to the belief that everybody has the answers inside themselves, we are actually practicing a growth mindset philosophy:  we are telling the coachee or student that they can do this, that they have the answer, and that we believe in them.  They just need time and prompting (coaching) for those answers and ideas to come out.

My use of maps, tools and evidence of success:

We had several opportunities to practice the planning conversation, and I do feel quite confident with the map in this case.  For the times that I practiced with colleagues, I felt like it went really well.  I felt confident as I made our way through the conversation, and I could tell by the coachee’s body language that I was eliciting thoughts that they had not previously considered.  Afterwards, I received compliments from these coachees on how well they felt the conversation had gone.

For the reflective conversation, I feel much less confident.  I have not had the opportunity to practice this as much, and cannot remember the steps without consulting the book.  I think this is a powerful conversation map so I do really want to get better with this one.  Perhaps that is my goal for today.

My awareness of my own States of Mind

This is an area of growth for me.  I know and understand the states of mind but am not able to apply them in conversations or in my own personal thinking.  Perhaps that means I am low in consciousness!

About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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