Coaching for Balance: How to Meet the Challenges of Literacy Coaching / Edition 1

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Although literacy coaches now have many more resources to turn to than they did just a few years ago, Coaching for Balance: How to Meet the Challenges of Literacy Coaching moves beyond simply addressing literacy instruction to addressing the pedagogy of coaching. This practical resource highlights the competing demands that administrators, teachers, and school communities place on literacy coaches, and how coaches might discover balance in their roles.

Author Jan Miller Burkins, a practicing literacy coach, defines literacy coaching, describes her coaching responsibilities, and explores how a coach can develop and work within a philosophy of coaching. Using personal experiences, clarifying analogies, and research, Burkins explores the personal and professional responsibilities of literacy coaches, while also encouraging strategies of self-preservation. Use this resource to develop thoughtful literacy coaching practices because, as Burkins suggests, the route to making an impact on student achievement is through rather than around teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872076174
  • Publisher: International Reading Association
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction The Heart of Coaching 1

Section 1 The Job: The Many Hats of a Literacy Coach

Chapter 1 Checks and Balances: The Competing Demands of Literacy Coaching 9

Chapter 2 Creating Your Own Environment: The Coach as an Individual 25

Chapter 3 Taking Care of Yourself: Conserving Your Personal Resources 48

Section 2 The People: Building Relationships

Chapter 4 The Organism and the Organization: Working With Individuals and Groups 65

Chapter 5 Taking Risks: The Necessary Discomforts of Change 81

Section 3 The Work: Stretching Ourselves

Chapter 6 Teaching Toward Independence: Teachers as Professional Learners 101

Chapter 7 Developing Trust: The Language of Classroom Visitation 119

Chapter 8 Assessment Literacy: Learning to Make Sense of Data 140

Section 4 The Reasons: Coaching Matters

Chapter 9 Educating Everyone: Looking at Difference Differently and at Ourselves Honestly 159

Chapter 10 The Emotions of Coaching: How Does It Feel to Be a Literacy Coach? 182

Epilogue 199

Appendix Reproducible Forms 201

References 205

Index 213

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