LEaD fellows are currently being matched with coaches to work with them over this year to develop their teaching practice. The coaching is a safe, confidential space used as an educational development and reflective practice tool. In partnership with coaches the fellows will reflect on their educational role, explore their teaching and take the next steps in their professional teaching. The coaches offer a variety of approaches including teaching observation and feedback, mindfulness, skype chats and reflective walking alongside more traditional individual coaching sessions. The fellows will also form an action learning set to support each other and share their development. At the end of the process, the fellows will reflect on and write up the experience for this blog.
Meet some of the coaches that will be part of the project:
Dr Dane Goodsman and Dilly McDermott have extensive teaching and education experience. Dr Goodsman is currently a Reader in Medical Education at Barts and the London School of Medicine and after a teaching career Dilly McDermott is now an Education Consultant. Together they offer a workplace-based, teacher development process where academics are observed, supported and coached. This approach has been successfully used at Cass. The method is described as a cross between executive coaching and an education master class.
Dr Linda Carter has worked with LEaD for a number of years as a coach as well as facilitating team days and designing and delivering an in-house leadership programme for professional services staff. Dr Carter describes coaching as ‘providing the opportunity for personal learning, for framing past and current experiences and identifying and appreciating choices and options’. She uses creative approaches and encourages reflection as well as actions.