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Cognitive coaching + evidence-based content = Literacy How's PD model.
Cognitive coaching + evidence-based content = Literacy How's PD model.
Vol. 5. No. 15
August 2017
Cognitive Coaching Helps Teachers and Students Harness 
Habits of Mind
The co-developers of Cognitive Coaching define it as a set of strategies, a way of thinking, and a way of working that invites self and others to shape and reshape their thinking and problem solving capacities. These can be summarized as 16 Habits of Mind.

Why Embrace Cognitive Coaching?

The research-based Cognitive Coaching model assumes that people are capable of change.  Its developers, Arthur L. Costa and Bob Garmston, offer many compelling reasons to consider Cognitive Coaching as a conduit for professional and student growth.  
  • Teachers need and want support.
  • Cognitive Coaching enhances the intellectual capacities of teachers, which in turn produces greater intellectual achievement in students.
  • Few educational innovations achieve their full impact without a coaching component.
  • Feedback is the energy source of self-renewal.
  • Beginning teachers need mentors who employ Cognitive Coaching.
  • Working effectively as a team member requires coaching.
  • Coaching develops positive interpersonal relationships that are the energy sources for adaptive school cultures and productive organizations. 
Costa, A. & Garmston, R. (2002). Cognitive coaching. 2nd edition. Norwood, MA: Christopher Gordon Publishers.
Cognitive Coaching, coupled with evidence-based content, is what sets Literacy How apart from other professional development models. 

Thinking about Your Thinking (Metacognition)

In their role as coaches, Literacy How Mentors use their insight and listening skills to influence the internal ideas that shape the external behavior of teaching. "Probably the major components of metacognition are developing a plan of action, maintaining that plan in mind over a period of time, then reflecting back on and evaluating the plan upon its completion" (Costa and Kallick, 2009).  This describes our Mentors' four-step coaching process to refine teaching behaviors and increase effectivenessplanning, teaching, reflecting, and applying.  
Continuous Improvement aka Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning is one of Literacy How's core values.  This is another Habit of Mind Mentors aim to instill through Cognitive Coaching. "That includes the humility of knowing that we don't know, which is the highest form of thinking we will ever learn. Paradoxically, unless you start off with humility you will never get anywhere, so as the first step you have to ... already [have] what will eventually be the crowning glory of all learning: the humility to knowand admitthat you don't know and ... [are not] afraid to find out" (Costa and Kallick, 2009).
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