"Good questions open up conversations, generate respect, accelerate learning, and build relationships."
- Jim Knight BETTER CONVERSATIONS
One key insight into the early research on instructional coaching by Jim Knight and colleagues at the Instructional Coaching Group was that asking better questions was a key component to more meaningful dialogue between the teacher and the coach. Questioning created interactions that were back-and-forth and not one directional as was the case when coaches were caught in the telling-mode of coaching.
In Better Conversations, Jim highlights three simple and powerful strategies we can use to ask good questions:
When we adopt the habit of asking better questions, we communicate respect for others because (a) we don’t know the answer to our questions, and (b) we really want to hear what others have to say.
In order to lead ourselves and cultivate the habit of asking better questions, we have to exlpore our current reality through deep reflection and identify a preferred future for the conversations we hope to have with our colleageus.
We've identified three tools from Better Conversations that can accelerate your growth and improve the way you ask questions. These tools can be used for individual reflection or as a way to guide your next PLC or team gathering.
Looking Back Reflection
Looking At Current Reality
Looking Ahead Goal-Setting
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