As a change agent, the coach is expected to create a shared vision and culture for using technology to learn and accelerate transformation through the coaching process.
Recounting the early days of the global COVID-19 pandemic when the largest remote schooling experiment in the world took place, online lessons wasn’t an option when schools had to close to curb the spread of the virus. This period saw many parents and students struggling to cope with excessive screen time for students. To address parents’ concerns, I wrote the post titled, “Is Screen Time Dead” as a call for parents and educators to reexamine the concept of screen time and technology usage for children in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, I presented the case that not all screen times are created equal. There can be much good that comes out of using technology for learning and developing connections when students are cut off from physical connections. The key here is developing a healthy balance between what the technology is used for and the amount of time spent online.
In another post on “My Teacher is a Robot“, I shared a clear message that whether we like it or not, technological transformation is dawning upon us, so it’s up to how we respond to this transformation. The more prepared and agile we are, the less likely we are to find our skills obsolete as an educator.
I also wrote a 4-part series on the coaching process to effect change and transformation. Part 1 was a study on the factors contributing towards coaching effectiveness; Part 2 was explored the role of a coach as a change agent for transformation by impacting mindset change; Part 3 covered an important skill needed of coaches – the art of communicating effectively through language use when coaching; and Part 4 explored the mechanics of active listening and how coaches can become better listeners to persuade more effectively. I had the opportunity to also participate in a real-life coaching project where theory was put into practice. My reflections on this coaching project can be found here.
Finally, as I was contemplating my mission as a digital educator, I came away with the conclusion that transformational leadership calls for a leader who inspires innovation and positive change. To achieve this, I have chosen to adopt 3 core values – integrity, responsibility, and humility.