When you think of a "coach", what comes to mind? I think of an athletic coach. But what about coaches in context of literacy instruction or fidelity of implementation? This past week, I participated in training new implementation coaches who were recently hired to oversee schools implementing the Reading Horizons program. At the beginning of the training, we discussed the implementation coach vision by identifying characteristics of a good coach. Note how these characteristics apply to both athletic coaches and implementation coaches in educational contexts.
Characteristics of a Good Coach
A good coach…
…takes you back to the basics. A good coach knows that the best way to learn and improve is by doing.
…knows that if you want to get better at something, it takes practice…a lot of it.
…breaks the process into steps, and then pinpoints specific areas needing work.
…focuses on proper form early on to ensure the development of good habits.
…helps you master one thing at a time.