Wayfinding as a Connected Coach“Coaching is as much about the heart as about the head."--Jim Knight

As you find your way as a connected coach, these pathmarkers may help in guiding. They are intentionally unnumbered as this journey is as much an art as it may be a science. In this journey, as in others, there may be detours, there may be a need to loop back and revisit. As you wind your way through trust building, questioning, and facilitating design thinking, always be mindful of celebrating progress.

Let these markers light your way, yet not be prescriptive, as you facilitate the journey of others toward a more accomplished reflective practice that is self directed.

Trust Building
  • Establishing rapport
  • Examining climate and culture
  • Setting ground rules
  • Establishing norms
  • Exploring hopes and fears
“Trust opens our work and dreams to each other and makes
possible continuous improvement of how we teach and what
our students learn.”
-- Carl Glickman
  • Seeking stories
  • Doing active listening
  • Paraphrasing/mindfulness
  • Making observations
  • Mediating Thinking
  • Affirming potential
  • Asking appreciative questions
  • Discovering strengths
  • Clarifying focus
  • Making requests
“Great questions elicit what is on the teacher’s mind rather
than what is on the coach’s mind.”

“By playing with the wording of a wondering, teachers often
fine-tune and discover more detail about the subject they are
really passionate about understanding.”
--Dana & Yendol-Hoppey
Facilitating design thinking
  • Framing aspirations
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Inviting possibilities
  • Designing experiments
“The positive lens refers to … our capacity to construct better
organizations and technologies through positive discourse. Joining
a positive lens onto organizing with the transformative power of
design thinking opens new horizons and uncovers previously
overlooked possibilities....”
-- Michel Avital and Richard Boland

Your role as a connected coach will be to deepen the learning experience for those you coach. You will be the bridge from the theory they are hearing to practical application applied in their own personal contexts. Self directed learning is a connection activity. It requires connection to the content and context, to oneself, and to those who are part of the learning community, community of inquiry and the network.