Coaching Strategies for teaching vertically- “becoming better translators between worlds”

“The brain is a cultural organ, the way we meet others & stimuli from environment set the tone on how and what we learn long term.” (Dr.Suzanne O’Sullivan-neurologist, awarded book author)

Teaching vertically implies teachers create facilitation space for 21st-century competencies and learning to be possible, higher thinking tools and abilities that move away teachers from burnout and students from learn-out. Teaching vertically allows teachers to rest attention on students’ capacity for higher intelligence. In the words and ideas that founded a 30 years experience-based pedagogy of E.F Schumacher, ” they may indeed achieve astonishing things, but become increasingly incapable of solving most elementary problems of everyday existence”.  Teaching vertically (languages for example) implies creating opportunities for performing (acting, practicing) for students, to learn a language in the 21st-century competencies education implies developing listening skills, for both teachers and students. 

The program is Action Based learning Program and Activate Student-Teacher Relation. We invite and build on teachers’ inner process and reflections (teachers as action research) to build a professional, social, and decision-making capital of teachers apt for the 21st century learning and WeQ (collective intelligence).

“…for each of us to be able to train ourselves with these skills of connecting (translating)worlds”. ( Eliana Otta)
“ I would like to have opportunities to learn to communicate in the languages we learn, to experience the cultures of the languages we learn in school, build more confidance in using that language in everyday reality.” ( amazing student from highschool in Porvoo, Finland)
The Sámi languages are spoken across language borders, and have an especially rich vocabulary when it comes to nature terminology, for instance weather, snow conditions, and reindeer herding. Although all ten Sámi languages are included in the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in danger, there is a growing trend towards revitalization in several of them.” (on Sami Languages)
image by artist Kelvy Bird and listening levels tool by prof. Otto Scharmer Theory U

What to expect at the end of the program

  1. Support material of practice for ergonomy of learning ( physical space, communication and cognitive).
  2. Peer instruments support the process of moving through different levels of listening, self-evaluation and assessment tools.
  3. Tools to support 5 coaching competencies in the classroom, for more facilitation and supporting performing vs performer.
  4. Building transversal skills like multiculturality and multiliteracy that are essential for teaching vertically as well as teaching sustainable curriculum ( moving away from teachers burn out and students learn-out).
  5. Fortify teachers as active researchers toolkit and building image (evidence based) for clinical education of teachers.
  6. Practices of self-management, self-compassion and resilience.

“How do we teach students vertically languages, especially adult students if they have no tools to access the left side of the brain, if there are no learning to learn tools” (Irina Sadakova, adult education teacher & compassionate inquiry facilitator)

Program & Curriculum

Module 1

Flexible (Infinit) Mindset–  How to build spaces that invites listening skills enhancing resilience and compassionate learning ?


Module 2

Engaging learning relations –Students activation, allowing learning to happen in different ways

Module 3

Ergonomics of communication– opening up the school to the world, building bridges between many cultures, practicing multiple perspectives

Module 4 

Generative Scribing, supporting different learning paths for students; strenghtening self-reflection skills (teachers as active researchers, silent teacher)


Andreea Gatman – Andreea Gatman – ICF Certified Coach , Trainer: New learning spaces, School Development, Coaching Competencies Turn Challenging Learning, Integrated Curriculum& Teaching Global Skills, Leadership& Embodiment Practices, has been facilitating training in Finland since 2016. Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship (2023/2024) at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, USA.

Irina Sadakova –  Irina is  adult education teacher, facilitator, practitioner of U lab MIT method, Qi gong guide, EPALE ambassador. Irina has been studying and applying embodiment methodology to foster learning & well-being, certified in Compassionate Inquiry of Dr. Gabor Maté, adult education. 

Coaching Strategies for teaching vertically- “becoming better translators between worlds”

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