- It was clear that the presenters had incredibly deep content knowledge they drew upon to both answer questions and provide concrete examples for participants.
- The materials for the course we're appropriately academically rigorous for adults learners and grounded in solid research. The presenters shared this research and engaged in deep, rich conversations centered around this academic content.
- Participants were given multiple opportunities to share their thinking around the content with questions that require deeper conversations.
- Participants were given opportunities to apply the content in a way that was relevant to their current setting.
- The presenters used a seamless give-and-take style that made it clear that this was a thoughtful, well-polished presentation.
It is impossible to share everything I have learned in just the first two days of this training, but there were a couple of takeaways that I have found myself wanting to explore more deeply and practice with others. First, is the 5 States of Mind that provide coaches with the context needed about coachee strengths and opportunities for support. Below is a gallery of the posters we created about the 5 States of Mind: Consciousness, Flexibilty, Efficacy, Craftsmanship, and Interdependence.
This is just a tiny sliver of the knowledge and skills I have gained from this impressive training. Hopefully, I have provided just enough insight to convince you that you need to take the course for yourself. I believe that all people would find the information useful and directly applicable to their context - almost all of us are in situations where we need to work with other people. In addition, you may find yourself being a total nerd like me and taking notes on what PD done right looks like. Cognitive Coaching definitely sets the bar high.