Months ago I read the book Divergent by Veronica Roth with my book club and it ignited great discussion. Monday night I had the opportunity to see the movie with my book club girls. I have to say, I’m a fan. I’m not one of those people who gets upset if the book and movie don’t match. Different versions of an interesting story are fine with me.

With the debut of the movie came fun social media promotions. According to the first survey I took, I should belong to the Amity faction. Then I found a different set of questions and got Abnegation. Apparently my test results are inconclusive.

Click here for the quiz if you are interested:

Divergent Quiz

Still I have to agree with Four,”I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind. Well, I’m still working on kind.”

Bravery, selflessness, intelligence, honesty and kindness are a recipe for a good coach. One of the things I love about this job is that every day is different. Thursday called on my selflessness and kindness. Today required bravery and honesty.

I’m curious what you think. What other factions contribute to a good coach? How do we acquire the attributes of another faction?

Here are a few other quotes that connect Divergent to our work:

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“But I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else.”

“A brave (person) acknowledges the strength of others.”

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

4 thoughts on “Divergence

  1. I think another quality a good coach needs is to be perceptive. The dictionary says this means showing an ability to understand or notice something easily or quickly. Usually when we think of someone being perceptive, we think this is a trait that is innate and not something that can be learned. I believe it can be learned but it takes time and a lot of work. It involves all of the other components you mentioned. Without them you cannot be perceptive. When you work at all of the qualities you mentioned then we become more perceptive. Coaches have to be able to observe teachers and students from a variety of perspectives and understand “the history” of where their teachers have come from in order to help them get where they want to go.

    I love your posts. They always give me great things to contemplate.

    • Jo, I have toyed with the idea of writing about intuition and perception in relationship to coaching. You’ve inspired me to explore the idea more. Great comment and thank YOU.

  2. Two more important qualities of a coach are being curious and being a good listener. When we are curious, questions come more easily, and often times, teachers find their own answers through the questions we ask. That leads to the next quality – being a good listener. As we listen with our hearts and minds, we hear the thoughts, wonderings, and feelings that teachers are willing to disclose.

  3. The great coaches that I know are probably from the Abnegation faction. They are dependable, reliable, and somewhat selfless. I know for sure that Erudites would make terrible coaches.

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