Coaching and Mentoring to Support Teachers

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Description

It is part of the life of a business company to use coaching, counseling, or supervision to help their professionals to perform the best of their abilities. In education this kind of support is rare and teachers tend to be assessed rather than helped to develop.

This course will welcome experienced teachers, department heads, and school management staff who wish to build a school culture where teachers collaborate, and visit each other’s lessons for mutual learning and development.

Mentors may work with beginner teachers in their induction period, with more experienced teachers new to the school, or with teachers going through a stressful phase in their careers.

Mentoring is not only beneficial for the mentees and adds to the professional standards of the institution, but also contributes to the professional well-being of the mentors themselves.

The course will equip participants with the basic principles and techniques of mentoring, and will also develop some skills necessary for building rapport, professional communication, classroom observation, active listening, and giving formative feedback tapping into coaching and counseling. Apart from input from the trainer, the sessions involve observing parts of lessons on video, short readings, role plays, and group discussions.

Participants have an overview of the mentor’s roles and responsibilities and a clear understanding of how they can contribute to their school culture through mentoring. They will start developing their mentoring toolkit with documents they can use in their own school contexts like checklists to follow or a planned framework within which mentors can function.

They will also improve their skills for active listening, leading professional discussions, asking the right questions, opening up about professional issues, inviting self-reflection, giving formative feedback, and helping their mentees to set up their own professional goals.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Differentiate between mentoring and other forms of teacher support and supervision;
  • Distinguish between class visits for support and observations for assessment;
  • Design the structure of a post-lesson discussion;
  • Formulate questions that help self-reflection professional discussions and self-assessment;
  • Demonstrate skills in active listening;
  • Act out a mentorial from the perspective of a mentor, a mentee, or an observer;
  • Differentiate between constructive, formative feedback and evaluative, summative feedback;
  • Plan a mentoring process for a peer in their own school context.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Coaching and mentoring for teachers: an introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities, reflecting on career paths;
  • Presentations of the participants’ school contexts, need analysis;
  • Basic principles of mentoring;
  • Learning models, attitudes to change, and change management.

Day 2 – Building trust

  • Establishing rapport, building trust;
  • Asking good questions;
  • Active listening techniques;
  • Self-awareness, self-assessment, the Johari window;
  • Role plays of professional discussions.

Day 3 – Observation skills

  • Class visits, lesson observations, and observation skills;
  • Observation etiquette, observation focuses, and note-taking techniques;
  • Dealing with feelings of success and failure;
  • Highlighting success and laying down stepping stones.

Day 4 – Giving feedback

  • Video class visits and lesson observations;
  • Role plays of post-lesson discussions;
  • Formative and summative feedback;
  • The language of mentoring.

Day 5 – Mentoring skills

  • Structure of a full mentorial (pre- and post-lesson discussion);
  • Alternative mentoring scenarios (without class visits, peer-mentoring, etc.);
  • Action planning for own context;
  • Tools of professional development.

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Confirmed Sessions

LocationStarting DateStatusEnrol
Budapest18 March 2024ConfirmedBook »
Prague1 April 2024ConfirmedBook »
Barcelona8 April 2024ConfirmedBook »
Budapest20 May 2024ConfirmedBook »
Barcelona9 September 2024ConfirmedBook »

Next Available Dates

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Amsterdam

Price*: 580€

Barcelona

Price*: 480€

Budapest

Price*: 480€

Ghent

Price*: 480€

Prague

Price*: 480€

Reviews about this course

Isabella Santoriellofrom Italy
5 stars

The combination of content, emotional approach, and shared experiences made my overall experience truly perfect. The course content was informative and well-presented, and the emotional aspect added a personal and relatable touch. The sharing of experiences among participants created a sense of connection and enriched the learning journey.

Esma Adanırfrom Turkey
5 stars

Discovering new apps, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the subject, and engaging in practical activities were all aspects that I thoroughly enjoyed. The exploration of new apps provided valuable resources for my teaching practices. The deep understanding of the subject matter allowed me to grasp its intricacies, and the practical activities offered tangible experiences to further solidify my learning.

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