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When you hear the words "coach" or "coaching", what comes to mind? For many, these words will bring back memories of participation in sports. The coach was the leader of the team, and his or her role was to guide the team towards success. The term "coaching" is also very appropriate for describing the function of educators. Today's instructors are encouraged to spend less time lecturing from the chalkboard and more time leading students in discussion and problem solving.
Coaching can be defined as a continuous process of providing students with feedback to enhance, maintain or improve their performance. The coach observes performance, shares knowledge and expertise, and provides encouragement to assist students in reaching continuously higher levels of performance. Coaching enables students to develop their thinking and actions in response to differing situations. The coaching approach encourages learning, growth and teamwork all at the same time.
The overall objective of coaching is to enable individuals and groups of individuals (teams) to broaden, develop and motivate each other to achieve improvement in their performance. Some tips on effective coaching follow.
There are several different coaching strategies that can be used. The situation will determine which of the strategies is most appropriate. A few of the most common coaching strategies are described below:
Coaching is a time-critical process. Provide feedback ASAP!
"Coaching for Success." (1987). Development Dimensions International.