Reflections: Teacher as Coach, Coach as Teacher

I changed my Twitter handle recently to better reflect my vocational and educational philosophy (the mission) in as succinct a manner as possible.

It is now Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw.  It reflects the reasons I left a Fortune 100 sales career and entered teaching as a mid-life career changer.  As I told my students today, “I’m a learner.”  I have always been a learner.  I am in the profession to share my passion for learning with my students and to build life-long learners who are adaptive to the Digital Age we live in.  As I told them today:

“The most important thing we can learn together this year is to learn how to learn (and how YOU learn).”

In my first year of teaching, I did not coach a sports team.  However, the students very often called me “Coach” sometimes even catching themselves with a “…um, Mr. Hines”.  I like to think they called me Coach because of my approach in the classroom.  A coach’s role is to create a winning culture, to create teamwork, to build cooperation toward a goal, and to emphasize the growth of the team and each individual member.

A teacher must always be learning in multiple arenas that include the subject areas one is teaching and the art and science of pedagogy.  A teacher naturally wants to teach what she/he is learning and find the best way to create learning opportunities/environments/cultures for students.  I often tell my students that, as a teacher, I’m always looking for those “teachable moments”.

To maximize growth of the classroom team, the teacher must move into the role of Coach working with individuals, smaller groups of “players” and the whole team.  At the end of the day, when the magic happens…we all GROW!

That’s why I’m Coach John Hines@LrnTchCchGrw!  I’d love to connect with you on Twitter!


4 thoughts on “Reflections: Teacher as Coach, Coach as Teacher”

  1. As a PDHPE teacher, I often refer to my class as a ‘team’ and I invite them to a ‘team meeting’ to discuss what we have learnt today and to discuss what we have taught others. I like this way of forward thinking, the idea of ‘coaching’ in the classroom. It makes sense. Thank you

    1. Hi Virginia,

      Thank you for your comments!

      I really like your idea of referring to your class a “team”, for in essence that is what a classroom is-a team of learners. A classroom is a unique social environment…dare I say, unlike any other on this planet. It takes an emotionally intelligent coach working in the function of lead learner to enable/create/lead an authentic learning culture.


      Coach Hines

    1. Hi Greg,

      Thank you for reading and sharing this post-Teacher as Coach, Coach as Teacher. I was honored that you shared the link via email with your staff. I am following you on Twitter now and I look forward to further collaborations!

      #Learningfrontiers showed up in my Twitter stream on Wednesday morning while I was finishing up an early morning work-out before heading off to school; and I could not help but jump into the amazing conversation with some anaerobic tweets. It looks like you are also discovering the professional development power of Twitter through educational chats and encouraging your team to participate. I am now a regular participant in several U.S. based chats and discovering more all the time. These chats and the connections we make with other learning leaders around the globe are empowering and sure to impact education and learning in ways we have yet to imagine.

      It’s great to meet you!


      Coach Hines

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