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Literacy Tip of the Week: November 17, 2019

posted Nov 17, 2019, 12:48 PM by Emily Richardson   [ updated Nov 17, 2019, 12:49 PM ]

A Word of Advice to Literacy Coaches

When I work with a district, I almost always recommend on-site coaching. However, coaches need to be well trained on the purpose and procedures of each guided reading component. They need to have good interpersonal skills, and they need to understand the strengths and growth needs of their teachers. One concept I emphasize is to offer a variety of professional development opportunities so teachers can choose how they want to learn. Opportunities can be offered district-wide or among teachers in a single school. Maria Kampen writes: “Formal settings include conferences, courses, seminars, retreats and workshops. Informal opportunities for teacher professional development include independent research or investigation, peer learning initiatives or even just chatting with a colleague in the staff room."

Every time I work with teachers and students, I learn something. Never quit learning and growing!