Geoff had been over on the same inservice day last year to move us on in Assertive Discipline. This was a very enjoyable and enlightening course which has helped embed assertive discipline across the school.
This time Geoff and Elizabeth were doing a 1 day course to introduce Situational Leadership.
This was aimed at giving all staff a common language of leadership and mentoring. This will give the staff a common reference when talking to each other. So they know what is meant when sharing professionally. When someone is learning a skill each phase is called a Directions
It describes a cycle of learning which happens to us all. The example I used when finding an example where I was a learner was learning to ride a bike
D1 - Before you learn a new skill - That is easy to do, anybody can do that!
D2 - While learning a new skill - This isn't as easy as I first thought. Leave those stabilsers on!
D3 - Learned the new skill but still not sure - What do you mean you have let go of the saddle Dad!!!!
D4 - New skill is embedded - How come they find riding a bike so hard!!! I never did.
Each of these need a different form of Leadership or Mentoring but only for that particular skill. The person is not a Phase only the learning.
S1 - Very directed - Look where you are going. Keep the legs moving, Don't move the handle bars so much
S2 - Directed but with much more encouragement to keep the learner going - That's it! Little less on the brakes.
S3 - Communicating with the learner - How does that feel. You want me to let go? Well I already have let go.
S4 - Delegating. - Off you go. I know you can do it.
Its interesting when I think about various situations in ICT Training where I am a S4 leader and perhaps the individuals are D3 or worse when I am an S1 leader and they are D4.
I suspect I will be referring to this model a lot over the coming year.