Goal Setting on a Driving Lesson
There’s been a shift in the way education is delivered over the last ten years towards a more client centred approach. It wasn’t long before things filtered down into the world of the driving lesson. Let’s have a look at Goal Setting on a Driving Lesson.
So What Went Wrong in Education?
Some of the most intuitive minds in the field of education noticed the art of teaching wisdom had been slowly pushed aside. Taking its place came the pursuit of knowledge.
The difference could be said as –
Knowledge – We can make a nuclear bomb!
Wisdom – Should we really be making nuclear bombs?
A Good Video to Watch
The best explanation we found of this shift can be seen on this TED Talk by Sir John Whitmore.
It might be worth having a watch of this video to best understand the importance of reigning back knowledge to make way for wisdom.
A Different Mind Set – Goal Setting on a Driving Lesson
Could working through a driving lesson in a coaching slant, help younger drivers identify and deal with their emotions more effectively. Could these coping strategies be taken away and applied in different areas of their lives?
We think YES!
Many of our instructors say –
”Just getting in the coaching groove on driving lessons has changed our mind set which then filters through into other aspects of our lives.”
If this mind sett can change a stuck in the mud driving instructor then imagine what it can do to help a young mind.
Raising Consciousness with Goal Setting on a Driving Lesson
Can we really help raise the consciousness of a learner driver with the way we present a driving lesson?
A driving instructor can be part of the movement by –
Helping younger drivers to make their own decisions and take responsibility for those decisions. The first part of this system can be seen below.
Lets have a look at the first stage of a fairly new way of working through a driving lesson to do our part to help bring good old wisdom back.
In the past the instructor would come up with the objectives of a lesson. Having said objective is important as it gives the learner something to work towards. Without focus we just flap about in circles and get no where.
But is there a more effective way to develop focus than setting the objective for the learner?
If a learner sets their own goal imagine the increase in consciousness.
Now who’s taking responsibility for their own destiny?
The motivation is best if its learner led and its important that there is a positive reason for the set goal.
The instructor can obviously help guide things if the goal is not realistic to the learner. This may take a bit of practise but
”what else ya guna do sat there in ya car all day long!”
So now the learner decides their own goals, works through them and analyses the results. They now get wiser with their decisions.
Possible Questions to Get the Goal Setting Started
There are many great coaching courses available to the driving instructor. Whether through an organisation a book or even just watching you tube videos.
Here’s some of the questions we like to get goal setting off to a great start –
Where do you think you are with your driving at the moment?
What do you feel would be the next best step forward?
Based on your last session what aspects did you feel went well and what do you want to improve on?
Getting in The Groove
Remember that the skills you have as an instructor are still vital to the learner driver. The mistake I made at first was to throw all the old stuff away to favour this new style.
You have a novice driver in control of a tonne of metal travelling at speed. There will be times when you must step in to avoid safety critical incidents.
I read somewhere you should think of yourself as a safety net. I think this analogy suits the coaching mind set well and I’ve always liked this saying.
In following articles we’ll have a look at the next steps of the coaching model
If you have any other questions you use to start a goal setting session we would love to hear them in the comments below.