How To Develop The Coach’s Eye
How To Develop The Coach’s Eye
The coach’s eye is one of the most effective tools in your arsenal when it comes to coaching. If you are not using it, then you are missing out on a huge opportunity! You must understand how to develop the coach’s eye in order to maximize its effectiveness. Let me explain:
What Is A Coach?
A coach is someone who has developed their own unique style of teaching or learning. They have a strong sense of what works best for them, and they use it to improve their students’ lives.
It is important to note that coaches are not just teachers; they are also mentors. Mentors teach their charges at different stages of life and help guide them towards success. Some examples would be parents, teachers, coaches, fathers/father figures (or other male role models), and even bosses!
Why Should I Care About Developing The Coach’s Eye?
As a coach, you want to make sure that your students are getting the most out of their time with you. However, there is another side to this coin – you don’t want your students to get bored with you because they feel like they’re wasting their time.
So how do we ensure that our students will stick around long enough for us to reap all the benefits?
By developing the coach’s eye, of course! This is a super valuable tool, so you want to make sure that your students are learning from your every interaction with them. You also want to make sure that you are enjoying yourself and not getting burned out. As they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…and also very grumpy.
What Are The Best Ways To Develop The Coach’s Eye?
As a coach, you need to constantly strive to hone your ability to observe others. When you’re working with students one-on-one, you should always be asking yourself the following questions:
What am I seeing?
What am I hearing?
Am I making the intended impact on my student?
Am I enjoying this teaching experience?
How Can I Improve From Here?
You should always be striving to improve upon your last teaching experience.
What worked and what didn’t work? Is there a way to improve upon your delivery methods? How can you tailor your teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles and preferences?
If you’ve been teaching for a long time, you probably have a list of “mantras” that often pop up in your head during the process. They might include positive affirmations or statements of intent.
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