The Coach Microcredential Interview: Nick & Verena
We took some time to find out what current participants in The Coach micro-credential think about their experience. Nick and Verena are both international school teachers.
Nick Garvin is located in Thailand and is enrolled in the Premium level of The Coach micro-credential. He works with Kim Cofino as his mentor. You can find Nick on Twitter: @NicholasKGarvin, and on his blog: https://consciousclassroom.wordpress.com/.
Verena is located in Singapore and is enrolled in the Academy level of The Coach micro-credential, working with Diana Beabout as her mentor. You can find Verena on Twitter: @blaho_blaho, and on her Blog: vzimmer.coetail.com .
What have you learned so far in The Coach micro-credential?
Nick: This course offers fantastic pedagogical content and many new approaches to coaching, teaching, and learning. The emphasis on authentic connections, interpersonal skills, and building relationships have provided me with soft skills needed to hone my coaching craft. The mix of soft skills and content knowledge has provided me with confidence and motivation to transform learning in my classroom and beyond.
Verena: Obviously I learned a lot about coaching styles, the practices, and challenges, but even more impactful for me is the fact that I got the chance to reflect on my work and role as an Educational Technology Coach. I redefined my responsibilities and I built a bigger picture of how coaching can look like in a school environment.
Are you learning things that you can immediately use?
Nick: Yes definitely, primarily because you can mold the program to suit your needs. The courses focus on coaching, leadership, Digital Citizenship, along with pedagogical approaches to classroom learning. There is something in there for everybody. The flexibility of moving between different courses and content areas at your own pace and desire really helps you select the appropriate tools to put to use when and where you see fit.
Verena: Definitely. I am learning how I can change or improve small things which are so important to my own coaching practice. I’m learning listening and questioning skills as well as building trust and relationships.
Do you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth out of the micro-credential? Is it worth it?
Verena: It’s always worth it to spend money for professional development. The outcome and the learning depend on your effort and willingness to dig deeper. I like that Eduro Learning gives me a curation of different and reliable resources. The options regarding the action tasks give a lot of room for personification and with this ownership of your learning. It’s an advantage to learn from educators who are experienced and very knowledgeable.
Nick: Certainly. The Coach micro-credential is a unique and engaging way to connect and learn from international educators all over the world. It’s a fantastic way to sharpen your coaching, teaching, and communication skills. It’s also a great way to build upon your (PLN) professional learning network and make global connections. The LMS is really user-friendly and content will keep you engaged.
What’s the relationship like with your mentor?
Nick: It’s been great having Kim as a mentor to bounce ideas off of, inspire me, and motivate me. We communicate by email, Twitter, Google Docs and Google Hangouts. Our Google Hangout conversations take place about twice a month and are always focused on my personal goals as well as my overarching goals for my school. Learning through a personal mentor has definitely helped empower me to create a positive coaching culture at my school.
Verena: A big plus is the fact that you have your own mentor throughout your learning journey. The mentor listens to you and guides you if needed. I found it very helpful to speak to a person who experienced the same chances and challenges.
What’s something you would say to someone considering the program?
Verena: Go for it. You will get inspired in a way that you can start tomorrow to create the change which you would like to see in education.
Nick: It’s a fresh, flexible, and adaptable program that changes your perspective on what you can do in the classroom. Not only is the micro-credential taught by international educators who have their finger on the pulse of innovation and best practice but the cohorts are also made up of teachers all over the globe who share their own diverse set of experiences. You’ll quickly see the benefits once you start to grow your PLN, make authentic connections, and sharpen your communication and collaboration skills.
The next session of The Coach micro-credential begins on May 1st. Learn more about how this micro-credential can help you become the best learning coach you can possibly be.