A strategic decision to develop a culture of presuming positive intentions, inquiring to further learning and expand thinking at UWCSEA prompted the adoption of the Cognitive Coaching Program at East Campus.
Cognitive Coaching is a course from 'Think Collaborative' that teaches maps and tools for growth-producing conversations. This course provides a foundation to the communication skills needed by teachers and those in position of influence, to support the thinking of colleagues in the areas of planning and reflecting. It is a research-based model that uses and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes in helping develop a professional learning community.
“We chose to engage in the Cognitive Coaching Program as we recognised how it helps to shape behaviours that have the desired effect on our school culture and programmes. As a result, teachers are more mindful in guiding learning and in meditative questioning, and our interactions are increasingly invitational and less confrontational. With more staff undergoing this course on campus, the application of Cognitive Coaching skills will continue to be distinctly useful in establishing a culture for us as a flexible and interdependent learning community.” James Dalziel, Head of Campus, UWCSEA East
With support from the Annual Fund, a road map for instruction and conversation based on skills of Cognitive Coaching has been established at UWCSEA East. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction.