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Desert Highway
Thoughtful writing authored and shared by members of of the Thinking Collaborative community to support others on the journey.

Sustaining the Journey

Sharpening Your Skills

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Thinking Collaborative


March 03, 2014

We know that regular conditioning of our bodies keeps us fit and healthy. How might we think of our brains in the same way? As we coach others with provocative questions, it is like brain exercise, keeping their skills and thought processes at peak performance. Craftsmanship requires ongoing attention to the things we value in our work.

So as a Cognitive Coach, how are you keeping your coaching skills at their most optimal level? Which skills do you use with automaticity? Where are you consciously competent? How often do you collect data on your coaching? Who provides you with feedback on your coaching? When was the last time you attended a refresher like the Symposium, a Proficiency Module, or Advanced Training?

This week consider using the rubric on pages 152-153 of the Cognitive Coaching Learning Guide to assess your strengths and set goals to increase your craftsmanship as a Cognitive Coach. Consider asking someone whom you have recently coached to provide feedback. Set a new goal for yourself and have a planning conversation with someone about your work.

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