Heart, Head, and Hands: The Importance of Coaching through Meaningful Conversations

In a time when the emphasis is on content delivery in formats other than face-to-face, meaningful conversations between teacher and student become increasingly important. A variety of educational theorists recommend that faculty adopt a coaching philosophy for these conversations—one that can influence the heart, the head, and the hands of the adult learner. These conversations can lead to deep understanding, reflection, and positive action on the student’s part. Jim Knight, in his book Instructional Coaching, writes, “When you see the world through partnership glasses, you come to understand human relationships in new ways”.

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