Jim Knight: Stop Coachsplaining!

Walt McKenzie
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edited September 11 in ASCD Chit Chat
When a coach wants a teacher to try a particular strategy, they often keep explaining why this strategy is the right one to use—even if the teacher resists. Knight shows why such “coachsplaining” is an unproductive approach. He suggests how coaches can take a more humble—and effective—stance.

Coaches engage in coachsplaining when they do most of the talking and the thinking. Coaches coachsplain when they tell teachers what they've done right and wrong, and then deliver a strong message about strategies the teachers should use. When they tell teachers what to do before asking teachers what they think they should do, that's also coachsplaining. A "coachsplainer" probably feels it's their job to solve teachers' problems for them.

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