P’s and T’s of Coaching: Plurals and Proximity

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“Pass the breadsticks,” said my youngest to her brother. He tossed a breadstick on her plate from the basket.

“I said, breadsticksssssss,” she emphasized.

Yes, the difference between singulars and plurals are important when it comes to food– and coaching. Consider these pairs of questions.

What’s the one way you encourage independence in your classroom? What are the ways you encourage independence in your classroom?

Which strategy will you use to solve the problem? Which strategies could be used to solve the problem?

What’s the answer? What are the answers?

Singulars used in questioning can narrow and impede our thinking while plurals can open it up. It brings to mind a young reader I was working with as a beginning career teacher when I asked him to tell me about his favorite book. He was quiet for a long time with his brow furrowed. “That’s such a very hard question,” he told me finally. Of course it was. I was asking him to make a decision to pick one. Was that the most important thing? Really I would’ve gotten so much more out of the question if I’d simply asked, “What books do you enjoy reading?”

What moments keep you coming back to teaching? Which obstacles get in your way sometimes? What strategies do you use to hook students in a lesson? When you think of formative assessments, which ones are most useful to you? How do you use plurals in your coaching and teaching?

For a doubleheader, I’ll also toss in my thoughts about proximity in coaching with a repost of a favorite on the site. Click on the link:

Promise of Proximity

Enjoy the end of your week and happy weekend.

2 thoughts on “P’s and T’s of Coaching: Plurals and Proximity

  1. Heather,
    I am learning so much about the power in the words I choose to use as I work with teachers. Here’s one more thing to add to my toolbox. Thank you!!

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