This is a comment that was made on a recent blog that I think brings up something that’s super important for all of us to remember. Take a look and let me know what you think!
Comment from a reader: I have been coaching in a building that held a lot of resistant staff. I think I have been focusing too much on them and not enough on those that are open to coaching. I have to report to my district leaders every month about who, and how often, I have 1:1 coaching sessions. I think I’m so worried about the district seeing that I may never have those 1:1’s with some teachers. I feel like if I’m not coaching everyone I will be seen as a failure to my leaders. So, I invest a lot of energy trying to make those opportunities happen instead of spending more of my time with those few that want coaching.
My response: I think you’re right on. It’s important for us to think about the long-term big picture, but we have to deal with things in the here and now. (I try to remember this is in my own life, too!) Yes – focus on the teachers that you can make movement with. You’ll become more and more confident in coaching while you’re helping people who really want it. As you build confidence (even if you’re already confident, we can always learn more tricks of the coaching trade!), you’ll be even better at dealing with those who are more unwilling. I often tell coaches I am coaches “Go for the joy!” – go for the win, build some excitement and then tackle the tough stuff!