Reitz High School

Reitz High School
Evansville, IN

Thursday, August 22, 2013

2 of 10 Essential Qualities of an eLearning Coach




Reitz High School
Evansville, IN
In last week's article I explained the role and defined the term of an eLearning coach.  I also spotlighted the first quality, which was establishing positive relationships.  I believe that all of the other qualities stem off of that first quality.  In other words, it would be difficult for a coach to display the other nine qualities until the relationships are developed.  I also think that the other nine qualities can help harvest good relationships.  In this series, you are going to realize that all of these qualities work together.

In my opinion, the second most important quality is the ability to be flexible/selfless.  The definition of flex is the ability to alter and adapt your style according to the situation, context, and circumstances you are experiencing.  I feel an eLearning coach must be a servant.  People in this day and age do not like to be put off or have to wait.  You must have an attitude to do whatever and whenever to accommodate administrators, teachers, and students.  We see so many different personalities in our field.  Some are strong and some are not.  Adapting to each individual educator's style and building climate is a necessity.  Because our job is ever changing and the needs of each building that we work with are different, we need to serve our populations of students and staffs using a variety of methods.

Perry Heights Middle School
Evansville, IN
A 21st century leader must follow the old Chinese proverb, “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances as water molds itself to the pitcher."  You have to go with the flow and roll with what comes at you.  We need to be able to put our agenda aside and lend a hand to provide help when a teacher needs it.  We do not want the transition to technology to be frustrating.  Understand that people are “wired” differently.  This affects their desire for changes. Some find change, such as technology and the digital shift, exciting and welcome it.  Others find it threatening and reject it. Knowing how individuals will respond can help you customize your communication to get everyone on board.

Helfrich Park STEM Academy
Evansville, IN
To get in the mode of being flexible and selfless, you have to get over your ego.  Successful leaders naturally think less of “me” and more of “we.”  There is not room for bullying and controlling power trips.  Ben Dattner, adjunct professor at New York University, says, “Twenty-first century leaders might benefit from thinking of themselves as being in the center of a web rather than on top of a pyramid.”  I like this illustration because we then do not see ourselves as being too important to help someone.  The web puts us right in the middle to serve a variety of people as quickly as possible.  I don't think it is any coincidence that a web is flexible and can sway with the wind.  It can also withstand a lot of shifting around and abuse. 

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post.  These qualities all work together harmoniously.  When your administrators and staff see that you are willing to work with them and accommodate them, they will believe that you care about them.  Your relationships will grow and maintaining an effective relationship is key.







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