Participants from the course have provided, and I have added to, some useful pointers, definitions and resources to demonstrate some of the thinking they have encountered on this:
- The Difference between Mentoring and Coaching
- What's the difference between Mentoring and Coaching?
- More Time to Think by Nancy Kline
- Coaching for teaching and learning: a practical guide for schools
- Mentoring is a structured, sustained process for supporting professional learners through significant career transitions.
- Specialist coaching is a structured, sustained process for enabling the development of a specific aspect of a professional learner’s practice.
- Collaborative (Co-) coaching is a structured, sustained process between two or more professional learners to enable them to embed new knowledge and skills from specialist sources in day-to-day practice.
What seems most important is that the organisation or group within which this support is taking place has clear and shared definitions and understanding of the process they are engaging in.