Magazine article The Learning Professional

Types of Coaching

Magazine article The Learning Professional

Types of Coaching

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Coaching is one of the most fundamental types of professional learning. But what do we mean by the broad term "coaching"? Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison describe different types of coaching, each with a distinct focus or purpose. These include:

* Challenge coaching: Coaches support individuals or teams of teachers in addressing persistent problems in their instruction.

* Cognitive Coaching: Coaches engage in conversations with teachers about planning, reflecting, and problem solving with the intent of building autonomy and interdependence.

* Collegial coaching: Coaches work as peers with individuals or teacher teams to strengthen their collegiality, collaborative skills, and instructional practice.

* Content-focused coaching: Coaches focus their interactions with teachers on content-specific instruction, planning and assessment curriculum, content knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge. …

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