Considering Differences CUR/540

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Considering Differences CUR/540

Considerations of Gender

Considerations of Cultural and Generational Differences

Cultivating a Learning-Focused Relationship


Strategies for Men:Sweeney (2011) writes, “The male brain is about singular focus—taking on one task at a time and conquering it. The male brain focuses on one thing at a time and eschews multitasking,” (p.150).Effective Male Coaching Strategies:1) Offer to work together to solve problems2) Use action words such as “ This will increase achievement by…”3) Avoid interrupting and listen to stated needs and carefully address needs4) Limit face to face conversations, instead sit shoulder to shoulder5) Allow alone time for problem solving and finding solutions

As an academic coach or mentor it is important to keep in mind the best practices and effective coaching strategies for assisting teachers of both genders. As a coach, one should always conduct themselves with the highest levels of professionalism and respect towards both genders. As a coach it is important to use strategies that best befit both genders to help all achieve levels of success. As a coach of both male and female teachers, one should always strive to work along side of teachers of both genders and foster the building of a trusting, respectful, and collegial relationship with both genders (Sweeney, 2011, p. 145).

In today’s world, technology has given us the opportunity to go beyond our neighborhoods and cities to communicate with people in almost any country. With the ease of being able to stay in touch with loved ones no matter the location, more and more people are moving around. The same is happening for teachers. They are not just staying in their city or state, they are moving around just as much as business workers. With teachers moving around from place to place, they take with them their cultural upbringing and even the culture of their last school. Also, some schools have a teacher exchange program set up or hire teachers from abroad, so the cultural differences can go beyond country borders. Though the research is inconclusive if demographic background is problematic or advantageous, it is still something that needs to be thought about when pairing a mentor with a mentee (Kochan and Pascarelli, 2012, p. 187). Kochan and Pascarelli (2012) write, “What seems important about matching is that those involved are aware of and sensitive to cultural elements and that they develop strategies to assure that cultural factors do not negatively impact their relationships.”Something else to take into consideration is the generational difference between the mentor and mentee. Most pairings put an experienced teacher with a new teacher, whether they are first year teachers or just new to the school. Unfortunately there are stereotypes in each generation of teachers from the predictable traditionalists to the overly pampered millennials (Sweeney, 2011, p. 147). Getting past these stereotypes is hard but not impossible. Having an understanding of where each generation is coming from will help, but also remembering that the students are what is important will be a help, too.

There are three main concepts in relation to a learning-focused relationship:1. Use the positive relationship to maximize the engagement in learning.2. Engage the learner to play a meaningful role in their learning – what to learn and how to learn it.3. Enable the learner to become a pupil who is confident, active, resilient, and self-regulated.(Absolum, 2006)Understanding the considerations of gender, cultural, and generational differences will help assist a coach or mentor in cultivating a learning-focused relationship. The strategies provided will promote mutual respect, a focus on learning, and independence. When the coach or mentor familiarizes themselves with these factors, there will be a commitment to evaluating and adjusting their teaching and learning to meet the needs of the learner.

IntroductionImagine how little we would learn if everyone thought the same way and had all the same ideas. Luckily, there is nothing to worry about because this world is made up of so many different people who think in unique ways and come up with some of the most creative ideas. These differences should be embraced, but can also be challenging from time to time. This is why when people work together, they must consider a person's gender, culture, and generation, so they can open their minds to different ways of thinking. When considering these differences, collaboration can be truly successful so everyone can grow and learn from one another.

Absolum, M. (2006). Clarity in the classroom. Auckland: Hodder Education.Kochan, F., & Pascarelli, J. SAGE Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. (2012). London: SageSweeney, D. (2011). Student-centered coaching: A guide for K-8 coaches and principals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Considering DifferencesCorey Bedenbaugh, Erika-Lei Kekahuna, Brandon Robinson, and Melinda Turner CUR/540 July 18, 2016 Dr. Lisa Brizendine

Strategies for Women:In regards to coaching women, Sweeney (2011) writes, “the female brain is about connectivity—all aspects of a problem are tended to and accounted for at once,” ( p. 150).Effective Female Coaching Strategies:1) Women appreciate offering of helpful strategies2) Address both of what the needed work will accomplish as well as its implications3) Allow interruptions to ensure understanding4) Give everyone time to process and review given information5) Prefers Face to Face Communication6) Prefers to talk through problems and verbalize options

ConclusionWhile it may be easy to stick to one's own confort zone, this limits one's thinking and ability to grow. Everyone seems to gravitate towards people with their same interests and beliefs because a connection can be made and a relationship can develop. However, it is also wise to experience new ways of thinking with someone of the opposite gender, someone from a different culture, or someone from a different generation. This will allow others to learn, grow, and understand new ideas as well as appreciate new perspectives. School coaching is not excluded from this idea of considering the differences among others. Schools that want to develop and grow to meet their students' needs, must collaborate and understand these differences so a learning-focused relationship can develop and promote unity within all schools. Coaches, mentors, administrators, and teachers need to be aware of these differences so a learning culture can thrive in the school. Overall, do not shy away from differences. Embrace them and find new ways to think and understand others.



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