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Active Listening: One Mouth, Two Ears
Dana Kramaroff shares a few of her frequently used open-ended questions during her coaching sessions to both help teachers expand on their responses and promote self-reflecting learning.
"My goal is to begin open-ended conversations that push teachers to think and reflect. Listening and allowing them to do the talking is key to growing trust. The go-to openers that I keep in my back pocket serve me well to do just that and prove their worth in helping me to meet teachers where they are in their learning process."
"When practicing the habit of asking questions when working with a coachee, the coach continues to grow their own skill set as well. If we engage in a process designed to promote growth and learning for all, that really means growth and learning for everyone."
"Classroom management is crucial in engaging students and the time spent on set tasks. . . . I like to use questions that focus on the teacher to help them reflect on what's currently happening to further understanding."
"Asking questions can support reflection and encourage next steps in pursuing improvement efforts. . . . When you ask questions that encourage teachers to take stock of where they are and think about their goals, you help them recognize and prepare for success as the new year gets underway."