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Classroom fight

The last minutes of the

The last minutes of the lesson were devoted to the whole class jointly solving a crossword puzzle. The students worked in pairs and eagerly solved their assigned clues for the puzzle. Jayne stood at the front of the room and collated their answers on the grid projected on the whiteboard. Even the assistant and his charge were enthusiastically involved all the way to the end of the lesson, when they, along with the others students in the class, were dismissed. The classroom echoed with the sound of Jaynes shoes as she tidied the desks and prepared to leave. Jayne came over to Riccardo and asked, "What did you observe with your extra pair of eyes?" "I saw a brilliant coach in action." "Oh! Really?" "We can take that up in the coaching session if you like." "That would be interesting. I never thought of myself as a coach." The coaching session came at the end of Jayne’s day. They met in her room. Riccardo asked how Jayne was feeling, then moved to the coaching. Riccardo began with, "What happened during the lesson? "The usual. I kept my energy down to a minimum. When they asked for instructions I referred them to the notes we wrote yesterday and let them work until they were finished with their stories." Riccardo insisted, " Jayne, what happened during the lesson?" "Oh, you mean with the assistant?" "Yes, what happened during the lesson there?" "I think the assistant needs to look for a different job." "And what happened within you during that moment?" "I was really angry with him. He shouldn't be fighting." "Who are we talking about?" 102

"The assistant!" Riccardo steered the conversation, "May I bring your attention to the student?" "Oh, he was alright" "What happened when you spoke with the student?" "I just asked him to get on with his work." "How much energy did you use when you did that?" "Very little. I asked him how much he had done and what he had left to get on with. It was a lot easier than getting into an argument." Riccardo confirmed, "You got the student back to work in a very coach-like way. You saved your energy, you took care of your health, you took care of the students, relying on him to self-manage. It was brilliant." "Yes, you said so at the end of the lesson." Riccardo wondered, "How did you feel when you heard me call you a brilliant coach?" "It felt, new." "Perhaps you are using coaching more than you know." "What do you mean using coaching?" "May I tell you about the coaching skills?" "OK. This will be interesting. Are you saying that I should be a coach?" Riccardo declared, "Perhaps? That's for you to decide. I recognised what you did regarding minimising your energy and supporting that student to learn and take greater accountability for his work, as being coach-like." 103

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