GROW is a goal-setting and problem-solving coaching model that provides a powerful four-stage framework to help you to structure your coaching.

GROW stands for:

  • Goal
  • Reality
  • Opportunity
  • Way Forward

We’ve compiled 42 questions following the GROW coaching model to help teachers improve their performance, learn new teaching skills, overcome obstacles and reach their teaching goals.


First you will need to establish the goal the teacher wants to work towards.

These questions will encourage the teacher to decide on their personal goal:

  • What do you want to improve in your teaching?
  • How will you and your students know when you have achieved this?
  • How will it feel when you reach your goal?
  • What’s important to you as a teacher?
  • What would you like to get from the next 20 mins?
  • What do you want to achieve from this session?
  • What will make you feel this me has been well spent?
  • What area do you want to work on?
  • Describe your perfect day in school
  • What are you aiming for in the short/medium/long term?


It’s important that both you and the teacher have a good understanding of the teacher’s current situation, including the context they are in and the obstacles that face them.

These coaching questions help the teacher to achieve clarity on their current reality:

  • Where are you now in relation to your goal?
  • On a scale of 1 ‐10 where are you?
  • What progress have you made so far?
  • What actions have you taken so far towards this?
  • What has contributed to your success so far?
  • What skills/knowledge/attributes do you already have?
  • What is working well right now?
  • What resources do you have to help you?
  • What is required of you?
  • What is happening at the moment around this issue?
  • What is your main concern around this goal/issue?


Next, the teacher will need to explore their possible options and consider solutions to the obstacles that they are faced with.

These coaching questions will help you to explore their options and identify solutions:

  • What changes could you make to your next lesson?
  • Give me 5 things you could do to move closer to your goal?
  • How have you managed a similar situation before?
  • Who do you know who has encountered a similar situation?
  • What could you do differently?
  • What do you think (insert name/role model) would do?
  • If anything was possible what would you do?
  • What are all the different ways you could approach this?
  • What else could you do?
  • If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

Way Forward

This is the last step in the GROW coaching model and these questions will help the teacher to establish an action plan going forward:

  • Which options work best for you?
  • What one small step are you going to take now?
  • What actions will you take?
  • When are you going to start?
  • Who will help you?
  • How will you know you have been successful?
  • How will you ensure that you do it?
  • On a scale of 1 ‐10 how committed are you to doing it?
  • Which of your options feels/seems/looks/sounds best?
  • Which would take you nearest to your longer‐term goal?
  • Which would give you the most satisfaction?

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