(1) Offers an original, person-centered, no-fault, strengths-based coaching model that is grounded in research on adult learning and positive psychology. (2) Complements a range of existing coaching models by emphasizing the cultivation of emotional intelligence that is needed to establish trust and eliminate barriers to teacher success. (3) Although the book is grounded in an impressive research base, it is designed as a hands-on guide for practitioners. (4) Real life vignettes and sample coaching dialogues bring important principles to life. (5) Includes a range of tools that are designed to invite reflection on the part of coaches to continuously improve their own coaching practice.

Appreciate Strengths

Appreciate strengths

The third phase of the evocative coaching process shifts the focus of the conversation from the no-fault consideration of experiences and emotions to a forward-looking inquiry into what’s next. The strengths-building turn kicks off with a process called appreciative inquiry (AI). AI is both a philosophy and an approach for motivating change that focuses on exploring and amplifying strengths. We seek to discover the best of what is going on in the present in order to build those dynamics into the best of what might be possible. We operate from the conviction that what we appreciate appreciates. The benefits of appreciating the positive dimensions of life are plentiful. They include reminding teachers of their capabilities, generating optimism and positive energy, cultivating ...

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