A Journey Through The Valley Of Literacy Coaching

1186 Words Oct 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Currently, I am embarking on a captivating journey through the valley of literacy coaching. Before, enrolling in this program, I was apprehensive and unsure of how I would balance work, school, and home, but somehow I managed. I am roughly, two semesters away from my goal and anxiously awaiting everything to come in to fruition. Over the past two years, I have gained a great deal of knowledge and I have expanded my teacher tool-box. Focusing on adult learning, organizational change, professional development and school culture; I have learned the roles of a literacy coach and reading specialist and how they should contribute to schools. Building relationships and collaboration is essential to being a literacy coach. A key ingredient for serving as a successful literacy coach is the ability to apply adult learning principles, because coaches need to be able to provide the best possible professional development for teachers. Coaching is not linear, but rather a process of working with teachers that did not necessarily translate into a “quick fix” for higher student achievement scores. (Kristine Tucker) The first standard of skillful collaboration, for middle and high school literacy coaches should be to develop a school-wide literacy team to conduct a literacy needs assessment. It is important to develop a cohesive team of people, which will work towards a common goal and will enforce literacy practices across all content areas. Literacy coaches primarily work with teachers…
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