Blended Coaching Essay

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Blended Coaching
Book Review
Charmaine Smith
Coppin State University

This is a well written, easy to read practical guide to coaching principals and other school leaders. It contains many examples of different coaching styles for the education sector. The authors offer a fresh approach to professional development of leadership. Blended Coaching provides research and theory for the readers with practical skills and strategies for leadership coaching which is connected to the needs of principals and other school leaders. This book provides field tested, concise guidance, for all who are concerned with supporting new and veteran principals’ professional learning and all other leadership stakeholders within the education sector. In
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Some of the research findings are listed below: • Adults will commit to learning when they believe that the objectives are realistic and important for their personal and professional needs. • Adults desire to be the origin of their own learning and should have some control over the what, who, how, why, when, and where of their learning. • Coaching and other kinds of follow up support are needed because adult learners do not automatically transfer learning into daily practice. • Adults need feedback on the results of their efforts. • Adults need direct, concrete experiences for applying what they have learned to their work. • Adult learners come to the learning process with self direction and a wide range of previous experiences. Employment for the purpose of coaching on a one to one basis responds to each of these characteristics of adult learners whether they lead schools or private businesses. The authors further discuss what coaching isn’t. In order to understand the concept of coaching it is necessary to know what coaching is not, and to review some of the practices that are infrequently confused with it. Coaching is not training. Coaching is centered on context and design to respond to the needs of the individual learner. Coaching is not mentoring although effective mentors use coaching skills and strategies.
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