I hope your week has been fruitful and you are getting things done in a peaceful and stress-free environment.
I write this sentence this way deliberately, as today I have a couple of questions for you.
Are you in a situation where you must care for teenagers and their studies at home?
Do you know how they are feeling about their studies in these challenging times?
Lately, several people have asked how coaching can help students, so today, I thought it would be great to address this again.
We all know most children want to do well in school, but they may be falling behind with the current situation they face. The change in circumstance may mean they are not sure how best to take notes or study. Due to working from home, they have trouble focusing, completing work, getting "stuck," or giving up easily
How would you like to do more to help them?
On my website, under the education tab, Parents and Carer's, I have this beautiful sentence I borrowed from the late, great Whitney Houston; the beautiful yet apt words inspire me to best the best teacher I could be, and now the best possible coach.
"I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way."
As a former educator, my focus on working with teenagers has always been to "let them lead the way." Coaching teenagers is always a source of inspiration because, if we are honest, they have probably had enough of being told what to do. In fact, they want to be treated like adults but are usually considered children, and on the other side, parents want them to act like adults but still treat them as children. It must be so frustrating for them, and we, as coaches, are here to watch them grow.
A former student recently wrote me and kindly wrote the following as part of her message.
"Even though it’s been almost 2 years since you left, I still think about what you’d probably say to me now if I showed up at your office. Knowing that I had one teacher, you, that genuinely believed in me and made me feel like I could achieve all the way to the top - that often gives me the strength to keep going even though I know I have some teachers that doubt my ability".
The SMART way to support them, in Whitney's words, is to "let them lead the way," empower them and allow them to make decisions.
I always used the SMART coach approach, and I'd like to share it with you.
To read this informative SMART Coaching article on how to work closely with and support your teenagers with their studies,
SMART Coaching with students
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Richie Forde, Performance Coach and the Founder of Edge Coaching Services.