At its most basic level, Cognitive CoachingSM is a set of non-judgmental practices, organized within protocols built around a planning conversation, observation of a planned activity and a reflecting conversation. Its purpose is to support a person in taking effective action toward important goals while at the same time developing the capacities for enhanced self-directed learning and problem solving. At more complex levels, Cognitive CoachingSM is an application of a set of assumptions, principles and skills manifested in both formal and informal interactions with administrators, teachers, support personnel and students. At even more advanced levels, the premises and tools of Cognitive CoachingSM interact with principles of organizational development and group dynamics to foster professional communities focused on self-renewing practices to improve learning for all students.
The purpose of Cognitive CoachingSM is to actualize, support and habituate self-modifiability towards greater individual and collective human potential. Cognitive CoachingSM employs skills, tools, mental maps, dispositions and values, which are applied to interactions in a variety of patterns, situations and locations to enhance the self-directed learning of self and others.
Seminar formats and lengths are varied and are designed according to specific client needs and uses.
- Knowledge—declarative, procedural, situational—of the Cognitive CoachingSM model, which is a model of human interaction that promotes self-directed learning
- Skills enhancement of communications—necessary to coaching, but applicable in a wide variety of situations—students, parents, family, etc.
- Identity, skills, and effectiveness as a mediator of self-directed learning in self and others
More specifically, the seminar is organized to support you in developing along a continuum of Cognitive CoachingSM capabilities in four interrelated arenas:
- The development of disposition as a mediator of self directed learning. This includes valuing mediation, inclining to use it, sensing when mediation is and is not appropriate, and the skills to carry out mediational behaviors.
- Developing an advanced level of interpersonal communication skills related to mediation.
- Developing the internal state control necessary in making mediative choices in interactions. This includes internalizing several maps.
- Developing mediational flexibility. This includes knowledge of your own style preferences, recognition of the style preferences of others and, knowing when and how to modify your own style in interactions with others.
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