Instr. Sara Mattson
March 14, 2016
Important Considerations for Coaches
- Men and women think and react differently because they are innately different and their brains are wired differently. This must be considered when finding the best way to coach teachers from each gender.
- Cultural differences are an important consideration as well. A person's culture can influence their attitudes, expectations, and behaviors.
- Finally, coaching across different generations can be very challenging. There are many stereotypes that go along with these different generations and should be avoided. It is important to respect the experience of one generation while avoiding another generation feeling attacked, to be straightforward and to the point quickly with one generation while another wants all the nuts and bolts and extras to be included.
Men's brains and women's brains are different.
"Men’s brains are made up of little boxes and we have a box for everything. And the rule is the boxes do not touch. A woman’s brain is made up of a big ball of wire and everything is connected to everything…It’s like the Internet super highway, and it’s all driven by energy that we call emotion" (Gungor, 2016).
- Women will usually take all the help they can get while men are hesitant because they think it makes them look weak (Sweeney, 2011).
- When coaching men, be straightforward and logical, use action words such as "increasing student achievement", with women, connect to emotion by discussing what the work should accomplish and how it will affect others (Sweeney, 2011).
- Avoid interrupting men, listen and address only the needs they state. However, with women, interrupting tends to be seen as a sign the other person is listening and understanding (Sweeney, 2011).
- Get straight to the point and avoid fluff with men. Allow women the time needed to process the information (Sweeney, 2011).
- Face to face communication is best when dealing with women but can be uncomfortable for men and seem confrontational, so other means of communication may be better (Sweeney, 2011).
Just as the mentor and mentee each bring their own knowledge and teaching experiences to the table, they also bring their own cultural values. A persons culture can a great influence on:
The mentor and mentee must both keep this in mind told avoid unnecessary conflict. Mentors may use this cultural awareness to build relationships with their mentee. Some of our attitudes towards people of other cultures may be biased. There are steps a mentor can take to determine their own biases and increase your cultural awareness.
Osula and Irvin (2009) state that "the constructs of cultural sensitivity, empathy, mindfulness, and competence with their respective nuances reveal the multifaceted character of cultural awareness" (p.6).
"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."
- Born before1945
- 75 million people
- Born between 1946 and1964
- 80 million people
- Born between 1965 and 1980
- 46 million people
- Born after 1980
- 76 million people
Crutcher, B. N. (2007). Mentoring across Cultures. Academe, 93(4).
Gungor, M. (2016). Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage. Retrieved from http://www.laughyourway.com/video-library/Mens-Brains-vs-Womens-Brains/.
Sweeney, D. (2011). Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Osula, B., & Irvin, S. (2009). Cultural Awareness in Intercultural Mentoring: A Model for Enhancing Mentoring Relationships. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 5(1).