Rodgers, A. & Rodgers E. (2007). The effective literacy coach: Using inquiry to support teaching and learning. NY: Teachers College Press.

Author: Rodgers, A. & Rodgers E.


This book on coaching is a bit more scholarly than most, but still a very good read, and situates coaching within a sociocultural lens to understand learning. It is based on the two Rodgers' work with the Ohio Literacy Collaborative over a period of several years. The Rodgers' intent is to answer coaches' questions, "What do I say?" and "What can I do?" as they assist teachers to be more reflective about instruction and curriculum development. The work builds upon the work of Fontas & Pinnell with Reading Recovery & other subsequent work. The Rodgers believe that effective coaching conversations are based on 3 principles: 1) adopt a co-learner stance, 2) provide a forum for inquiry whereby teachers can examine principles of instruction and suggest alternative teaching moves, and 3) use collaborative inquiry as a mechanism to provide feedback, facilitate reflection, and foster change. Rodgers & Rodgers first discuss other coaching roles besides in-classroom coaching itself. They then discuss principles for doing systematic observations of teaching and, more importantly, scaffolding reflection about the teaching. Most powerful may be Chapters 8 and 9 where the Rodgers discuss good questions to use in observing teaching and then getting the most out of one-to-one coaching conversations. This is an excellent book. It may not be a good, practical, entertaining first read for a new coach. But it is a must-read once a coach has started to get his or her feet wet and is looking to go deeper especially concerning how to do one-to-one coaching more effectively.

Date Added: 03/24/2008


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