Coaching is an important PBL system feature. Coaching supports a school team to build their capacity to effectively implement and sustain PBL.
Coaches work with the teams, gather information and offer feedback and support based upon the PBL problem solving process. Coaches encourage teams to become self-analytical by asking questions to promote professional reflection.
It is suggested that schools consider adopting a coaching model that uses an 'external' coach. It is also recommended that schools adopt an 'internal' coach, for sustainability. Local Educational Services PBL teams can provide information and support to schools who wish to pursue a coaching model that meets the needs of their local context.
External coaches usually come from the network of schools who have trained to implement PBL and have experience and expertise in the PBL process. Internal coaches are selected from within existing school personnel, for example, school counsellor, LaST, executive or a teacher.
Skills needed by an external coach: