TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES
The important thing to remember when considering teaching and learning styles is that it is not just about coaching. It is about client-centred learning and whether you can help your pupil to learn in an active way. Also, remember instruction based around the core competences used currently is pretty good. The DVSA is trying to increase the options available to an ADI. Coaching is a powerful extension of the range of options. It is not an automatic replacement for any of the existing ones.
There will be many times when it is useful to use a coaching technique. The principle that underpins coaching is that an engaged pupil is likely to achieve a higher level of understanding and that self-directed solutions will seem far more relevant. This applies in every situation, including instruction. Direct instruction is useful in helping a pupil in the early stages cope with new situations or supporting a pupil who is clearly struggling in a certain situation. Good coaching will use the correct technique at the correct time, matching the pupil’s needs. In some cases you may need to give direct instruction through a particularly difficult situation. That instruction forms part of a coaching process if you then encourage your pupil to analyse the problem and take responsibility for learning from it. A good ADI will take every opportunity to reinforce learning.