Setting boundaries between you and learners – the support side of the teacher’s role

When you are carrying out support, possibly with much of it on a one-to-one level, you are nurturing individual learners and you can be closely involved with their emotional well-being. Whilst this kind of support is undoubtedly what will make you most effective, it does come with a ‘health warning’. It opens you up to […]

5 key characteristics of using solution-focused coaching with learners

There are many definitions of coaching but one of the most widely recognised is ‘coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them’ (Whitmore, 2002). The solution-focused approach to coaching is, as the title suggests, essentially trying to make greater progress with the […]

‘Supervision’ for teachers and personal tutors

“You wouldn’t believe what’s going on with that student…I’ve no idea what to do.” Heard yourself uttering something like this quite often to your colleagues?  What is the response? Imagine this.  A colleague immediately stops what they’re doing, turns round to face you, looks you in the eye with a concentrated gaze and says, “I’m […]