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Chapters 13-14

Chapter 13 – Three Hundred and Eleven Words


Read: Pages 171-188


What is the “place in the moral universe” of your program or agency? Do the purpose and values of the organization align with your own? Do you even know the purpose and values of your organization?

What’s this all for? What are you working toward?

How do you help teachers understand where they are and define where they want to go?

What changes do you think would occur in teacher behavior if you incorporated discussion of obstacles in your action planning as outlined on page 181?

Think about a specific teacher. What are the stories you tell yourself about that teacher? How do those stories influence your coaching?

Chapter 14 – The Hooligans and the Surgeons


Read: Pages 189-199


How do administrators, coaches and teachers in your program communicate the signal: We are here to get along? What types of armor do administrators, coaches and teachers in your program wear?

Do you intentionally use the five types of signals outlined on pages 195-196 to connect teachers with the purpose of their work, and with the purpose of coaching?

Page 197 says that “many of these signals could easily be viewed as obvious and redundant.” Do you hesitate to do things that may seem obvious or redundant? How could you incorporate repetition as navigation in your context?

Extra Credit


Watch: Tiny signals that shift the direction of a whole group, without clear leadership

Watch: Seamless teamwork (working together toward a common goal – how much practice do you think this took?)