“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”
– Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
Educators play a fundamental role in shaping the future of our society. They have a direct impact on a child’s development academically, socially and emotionally. Every bit of knowledge that they impart could be the stepping stone needed for the child to get ahead in the world. It is therefore crucial that educators be constructive, positive and effective.
Being constructive, positive and effective is not easy to accomplish. Before an educator becomes all of these, he or she must first acquire the essential knowledge that would influence future generations. Bear in mind that there are numerous students and all of them have diverse learning needs. Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Educators should be able to adjust to the needs of students accordingly.
It is fortunate that educators can choose not to carry this burden alone. For the educator to fulfil the high demands of teaching, an educator is encouraged to employ the services of a coach. Here are just some of the positive results that educators experience after coaching:
- Raising of awareness.
It is natural for an individual to be short-sighted at some times. Especially when they are under stress and burdened with a heavy workload. The aim of Coaching educators is to provide a two-way dialogue that would aid in the process of finding solutions through questioning and listening with an open mind. The questions asked in coaching are designed to raise awareness within the educator in regards to their goals, the situation they are in and the options that are available to them. When an educator has raised awareness, he or she would be able to better understand the situation at hand. A coach can offer a comprehensive insight into what the situation is. They are expertly trained to see the bigger picture.
- Improvement of work performance.
Coaching encourages a person to think for themselves instead of being spoon-fed with what they have to do. This makes them independent and self-sufficient. These qualities would benefit the educator to advance his or her career in the future. Having initiative is a leadership trait which would benefit an educator in the long run. The leaders would be able to trust an educator who has the initiative to offer solutions. Time and effort would certainly not be wasted on waiting for the orders from above.
- More effective teaching strategies.
Feedback given in coaching is specific, unbiased and timely. This makes it a more constructive process for the educator. By having someone who doesn’t shy away from giving truthful feedback, the educator can review their current teaching strategies.
Another benefit that educators can have from feedback is that they are reminded of what it feels like to be a student again. This leads them to be more empathic to their students’ feelings.
- Professional growth.
When an educator has a coach who continually urges him or her to move forward, growth is assured. Educators develop new skills and learn new techniques. They learn to take personal responsibility for what happens to their careers. They are given room to grow as professionals as well as individuals.
An experienced coach is able to assist the teacher to develop into a better educator. This in turn results in better learning for the students who have a better opportunity to make a positive contribution to society in the future. It’s a cycle that certainly benefits everyone involved.
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