The Coach in the Classroom

The Coach in the Classroom

By Coach Martin Richards
Author Martin Richards trained as a Maths teacher and worked for 25 years as an independent corporate communication trainer, then he certified as a Co-Active Coach.

He coaches teachers on assignment from the Swedish government and for private, international education companies.

His mission is to bring the benefits of coaching back into the education system.

He writes books, holds experiential workshops and leads interactive seminars with plenty of humour and a twinkle in his eye!
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The Janitor
At one college the janitor (whose job it is to clean the toilets, repair broken windows, clear graffiti etc) was proudly showing me around the super clean premises.  As he did so, we found groups of students sitting in stairways and huddled in groups in secret places hidden from view. He checked what the students were doing, should they be in class, are they lost, are they avoiding someone? He asked how they were feeling: if they were sick, tired, bored, scared...?  Every student spoke to the janitor with love and respect. It was heart-warming. I asked how he had done it. He told me he was a coach (an ACC certified coach!) and he had spent the first months of his new job getting to know the students and all their secret hiding places. He had spent months repairing the many broken windows and scrubbing a lot of graffiti from the walls. I said, "Well, it sure looks clean now." He replied, "We have had no graffiti for a year, no broken windows and no mess in the corridors. They would not do that to me." Later, I commended the headteacher for employing a coach to clean the school. “As long as he does his job,” he said abruptly. Then he winked at me.
03:11
March 31, 2020
Superman's Underpants
In this episode, Martin Richards shares one of the first encounters with the work of a teacher that is beyond teaching the subject. How well do we prepare new teachers for the double role that they play?
07:56
March 5, 2020
Smoking Study Group
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom where Martin Richards shares a moment very early on in his teaching career where he discovered the advantages of keeping an open mind and building relationships with students.
04:51
March 3, 2020
The Twins
What are we teaching our children at school?  How well are we preparing them for their future? There were some lessons I wish I had been given at school, before I had to learn them in real life.
06:07
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Designing Actions
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Designing Actions' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
08:26
March 1, 2020
Primary School Coaching
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards gives you the questions a primary teacher can ask at the end of a lesson, to gain maximum learning, even from lessons that don't go to plan."
04:06
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Direct Communication
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Direct Communication' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
04:37
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Managing Progress and Accountability
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Managing Progress and Accountability' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company. 
07:10
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Powerful Questioning
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Powerful Questioning' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
07:02
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Creating Awareness
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards describes the core skill, 'Creating Awareness' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
07:31
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Active Listening
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards describes the core skill, 'Active Listening' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
05:34
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Coaching Presence
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Coaching Presence' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
07:48
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Ethics and Standards
That was the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards described the core skill, 'Ethics and Standards' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company. Coaching should be carried out ethically and according to the agreed standards. The ICF, the International Coach Federation, has developed an international, industry-wide definition of those standards. This podcasts briefly describes that those ethical standards are.
04:02
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: The Coaching Relationship
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards describes the core skill, 'Establishing the Coaching Relationship' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
07:03
March 1, 2020
Coaching Skills: Building Trust
This is the episode of the Coach in the Classroom Podcast where Martin Richards describes the core skill, 'Building Trust' as defined by the International Coach Federation. For further coach training, we recommend contacting an accredited coach training company.
07:29
March 1, 2020
Corridor Self-Coaching
This podcast may be used by teachers to reduce their stress levels. Martin Richards shares a proven technique for preparing to meet a difficult class.  You will hear the effects of negative thoughts.  You will hear how to use the voice of your inner coach to overcome those negative thoughts."
04:05
February 28, 2020
The Perfect Cover Lesson
This podcast may be used by headteachers wishing to equip teachers with the perfect cover lesson. You will hear how to connect with the existing group relationships so that mutual respect is generated. You will hear a startup activity with a key question that can be adapted to the age and interests of the students and how that activity can be made more active and engaging through floor work; and be further developed through dialogue to broaden and deepen the respectful relationships in the group."
08:19
February 28, 2020
Stories from the Coach in the Classroom
How much coaching is there in your teaching?  My guess is that there is more than you may know. As both a teacher and a coach, I see how these two skillsets blend, in the service of our students, our colleagues and ourselves. This podcast is the current playlist of short stories (2-3 minutes each) that illustrate how coaching blends with teaching in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education.
26:41
February 27, 2020
ICF Coaching Skills for Educators
 The aim is to teach and encourage educators to use coaching. These podcasts are based on the ICF descriptions of Core Coaching Skills.  The International Coaching Federation is the coaching profession's certification and accreditation organisation.  (c) The audio material was written and recorded by CPCC Certified Coach Martin Richards. 
53:19
March 27, 2019
The Most Powerful Coaching Demonstration
Martin Richards is a Co-Active Coach, dedicated to bringing a coaching approach to educators working in Education Systems around the world. Martin works to ensure that a coaching approach is properly and increasingly used in schools and colleges. He trains administrators, teachers and students in the fundamentals of coaching. Martin is an experienced educator and facilitator, with more than twenty years of designing and running successful training and development programs for individuals and organisations.
06:44
March 26, 2019
Ten Tips for inspiring teenagers
Hi Educator. Suppose you are going to introduce a topic, or share authentic life / work experience in order to inspire and encourage a group of teenagers to carry out research and study for a course.  In this podcast there are 10 simple and powerful ways to make your talks to teens even more inspiring!
20:31
March 21, 2019