Coaching is an important feature of the PBL system. It helps a school team to build their capacity to effectively implement and sustain PBL.
Coaches work with teams, gather information and offer feedback and support based upon the PBL problem solving process. They also encourage teams to become self-analytical by asking questions to promote professional reflection.
Internal and external coaches
It is recommended that schools adopt an 'internal' coach for capacity building and sustainability. Internal coaches are selected from within existing school personnel.
Schools can also consider adopting a model that uses an 'external' coach. External coaches usually come from the network of schools who have experience and expertise in the PBL process.
What coaching can provide
effective professional learning strategies
detailed knowledge of the PBL problem solving process and PBL continuum
advice on adapting systems and practices to the local context to improve sustainability
evaluation, reviews and feedback
knowledge and guidance of data based decision making and function-based behaviour interventions
For a detailed list of skills for coaches, please click here.