Coskie, T., Robinson, L., Riddle Buly, M., & Egawa, K. (2005). From the coaches' corner: What makes an effective literacy coach? Voices from the Middle, 12, 60-61.
Author: Coskie, T., Robinson, L., Riddle Buly, M., & Egawa, K.
The authors list a variety of skills effective literacy coaches have, including the understanding that students and teachers come with a variety of strengths and needs. The authors draw comparisons between good coaching of athletics and good literacy coaching, but remind readers that, unlike athletes, most teachers are not used to having their performance evaluated. The authors list characteristics that teachers and administrators say effective literacy coaches share. These include developing trusting relationships with teachers; having the necessary content knowledge including reading-writing processes, language acquisition, and development, print and non-print media, and young adult literature; having had successful teaching experiences of their own; and helping develop a professional learning community. The article includes a self-assessment checklist of knowledge, skills, and disposition for literacy coaches.
Date Added: 09/14/2006
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