A Strength-Based Coaching Approach to Providing Feedback

The CTLT Summer Institute offers fundamental teaching development opportunities for new instructors at UBC. Many of the sessions on offer this year are developed and delivered in collaboration with faculty members, with aims to expose new instructors with diverse perspectives and experiences to reflect upon.

The parallel process of learning that I am engaging in this time around is the Offering Effective Feedback session that Pamela Rogalski and I will be co-facilitating – introducing a strength-based coaching approach to providing feedback.

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In this session, we plan to hold space for participants to reflect on their current feedback-giving practice and its alignment with their intention, to engage them in role-plays to experiment with a strength-based coaching approach in order to fully consider the perspectives of their students as they receive feedback. We will provide ample opportunities for our participants to reflect and to engage in incremental improvements through dialogue as ways to model a collaborative coaching approach to support students’ holistic success. We will also embrace the generative/emergent nature of coaching in our session and discuss the limitations/challenges that comes with taking this approach in our higher education context.  Our hope is that our participants will come to appreciate the integration of a strength-based coaching approach to providing feedback in their classrooms.

I look forward to seeing how this experiment unfolds in September!

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