If you teach Pull-Push steering then you do not coach nor do you have a client-centred approach. Before you jump up and down at the fact that I have dared to raise the steering debate, please let me take a moment to explain, Coaching is about Choice, Consequences and Responsibility. If you tell your pupils how to steer:
I have mused before about crash helmets and the idea that if we all were forced to wear these as drivers then we would be much more likely to survive a serious crash. But coaching is about preventing the likelihood of a serious crash occurring in the first place rather than looking at minimising the tragedy of it once it has already occurred. It has to be more effective to coach people how to make choices, consider consequences and take responsibility for their actions and decisions, than to insist that everyone wears crash helmets.
Individual differences in human beings means that a ‘one size fits all’ approach will not work. We know that one fifth of newly qualified drivers will be involved in a serious crash once they pass their driving test. Could this be partly down to the fact that they have been taught to drive in a way that does not suit them? Could this one fifth of people be the same people who struggle at school (or, indeed, excel) because they fall into the extremes and a ‘one size fits all’ approach is also being used in the classroom? People learn best when their learning preferences are taken into account and appropriate communication techniques are used to address these preferences. They also learn best when they are treated non-judgementally, neutrally and equally. What they learn is that:
Coaching could reduce the number of casualties on the roads because it is a client-centred approach that focuses on Choice, Consequences and Responsibility. Telling will maintain the status quo. And steering is just one example of how easy it can be to keep the responsibility for the learning process with the learner, where it belongs.
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