One of the keys to success in using a coaching approach is 'Asking Powerful Questions'.
Teachers asked us for lists of questions that they can use with their students. Easy huh?
Our first response was a list of twelve general questions that could be used in a wide range of situations. Good enough, but twelve questions were too many, and the questions lost some of their power when they were repeated more than a few times with the same students. So we sought a more compact and flexible way of giving teachers the powerful questions that they needed.
In our research, the well-known four-step GROW-method came to mind. GROW has questions that focus on Goals, Reality, Opportunities and Will.
The coaches at CoachInvest collaborated to collate hundreds of suitable open questions. We wrote the questions on playing cards and then selected ten questions of each type such a way that they could be freely mixed together to form a myriad of 4-question GROW coaching sessions.
The freedom of combinations gave us ten thousand different coaching sessions in one pack of 40 cards. Smart!
The teacher's coaching procedure was then simply to pick out one card of each type and lay them out in front of the student. This meant that student coached themselves with the support of the cards, and without undue involvement of the teacher. Empowerment!
Realising that most teachers also needed to adopt a coaching approach in the way they think and behave during a coaching session, we added 10 'Tips' cards that give a hint of what else is included in a coaching approach to education.
Here are some of the questions.
For a full pack go to www.coachinvest.eu
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply three times before you ask the next question.
- Ask for an answer to the next question in the form of a picture.
Powerful Questions (for the students)