“Coaching fail!” is a phrase I’ve heard some of my teammates say after a non-productive planning session, a disastrous demonstration lesson, a co-teaching nightmare or a painful debriefing experience. Sometimes coaches think they asked the wrong questions. Other times they think they weren’t explicit enough. Perhaps there was too much rescuing and not enough scaffolding? At one point kids were making growth but then there were big, obvious steps backward. What went wrong?
If every experience contributes to learning, is there really such a thing as a coaching fail?
I plan to write about this in a future post, but first I wondered what you have to say.