As 2014 comes to an end, I feel that this would be a good time to look back and reflect on what a great year it has been.
Over the year I have met some very forward thinking ADIs and have learnt almost as much as they have, through the enlightened discussions we have had. It has been an absolute pleasure to travel around the country delivering 'Tri-Coaching Partnership's' aCCeLerate BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Coaching for Driver Development, and it makes me very happy to receive the ADIs feedback in what a difference this is making to their passion in driver training, and indeed to the enjoyment their students are getting from a more client-centred approach.
For those ADIs who wanted continuous development of their skills, and to meet like-minded trainers of all levels, to discuss solutions to day to day challenges, we have held low cost monthly meetings where these trainers have developed and taken strides in becoming confident with coaching/ccl. In 2015, we look forward to these popular meetings growing in numbers, gaining even more insight and input.
I congratulate all the PDIs who have reached their goal this year in becoming qualified ADIs, all the work that you put in has finally come to fruition. i wish you well in your new career!!
This year has also brought about changes in the way we are assessed, changing from the 'Old' Check Test to the New Standards Check. This has brought about many debates on the usual forums, and for some the jury is still out as to whether this is an improvement or not. In my opinion, it is a much more rounded method of assessment allowing ADIs to do what they do far more naturally. From the feedback that I have received over the year, many who I have helped make sense of it, have enjoyed the process. It is of course too early to know if changing the way we teach is making a difference to road safety, but it is my belief that it ultimately will if we keep producing drivers who think for themselves, self evaluate, reflect and take ownership of their learning.
Who knows what 2015 will bring, but whatever it is I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with Good Health, Wealth and Happiness.
Happy Coaching !!
"When I want to, I perform better than when I have to. I want to for me, I have to for you. Self motivation is a matter of choice" Sir John Whitmore - Coaching for Performance
Traditional driving instruction does not allow the student to take ownership of their learning, as the student remains a passive learner. The instructor sets the 'Aims & Objectives' for the training session. This form of learning is Driving Instructor - led and the students' motivation is to pass a DVSA Driving Test and the Driving Instructor helps them to achieve this. The student learns because they have to.
In a Coaching, Client-Centred approach the student is encouraged to set their own goals for the session. Putting them right in the centre of their learning, helping them to take ownership and responsibility for it. The motivation is now to achieve their goals that have been set by them, because they want to.
Goal setting is a process that should be inclusive of the student but is more than merely asking " So, what would you like to do today?" and then accepting whatever they say, providing it's within their capability, by saying "OK then, so let's go and do it then"
For example, if a student has asked to try a Turning in the Road it needs to be established what skills they already have and what skills they need in order to complete the Turn in the Road. Then which of these skills is it most important to learn/achieve first. How will they use these skills? What in particular would they like to focus on during the Turning in the Road, the control of the car?, getting round in 3?, to be more aware of what is going on around them? So now we are getting down to the specific needs of our students. This is starting to set the goals for the lesson. There could be several goals in a driving session, particularly if it is 1.5 - 2 hours in duration.
So next time you are setting goals with your student, consider is this really a Goal?