Blackstone, P. (2007). The anatomy of coaching: Coaching through storytelling. Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 3(1), 48-58. Available: http:/

Author: Blackstone, P.


This is an interesting article for the literacy coach who seeks to find greater insights and understandings in their current coaching relationships. Blackstone analyzes literacy coaching through the structures of a story - plot, characters, setting, etc. - to gain a deeper understanding of its complexities. According to the author, understanding how the environment (setting) influences teachers" and coaches' (characters) choices, relationships, and interactions (plot) is critical to a successful literacy coaching relationship and experience. The author analyzes literacy coaching through the new yet familiar lens of storytelling. The article is more advice for reflection than prescription for action. While Blackstone specifically discusses literacy coaching, this might be an interesting read for any education professional in a position of coaching.

Date Added: 01/31/2008


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