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Coaching DOs and DON’TS:
With many new volunteers and schools participating in Reading Seed this year, we have had several questions about what should or should not happen during a coaching session. Here are several DOs and a few DON’Ts we’d like to emphasize:
- DO spend at least 15 minutes of each session reading aloud together. Whether they’re reading to you, you’re reading to them, or you are reading together, this time is vital to building your students’ love and enjoyment of reading.
- DO bring several books to each session and let your students choose.
- DO send one FREE book home with each student at the end of every session.
- DO engage students in conversations and story writing to learn more about them.
- DO encourage your students to look for word families (e.g. b-at, c-at, r-at), consonant word chunks (e.g. sh, ch, wr), and vowel teams (e.g. ee, ai, oo) instead of asking them to “sound it out.” For many students this phrase implies a 1 to 1 ratio of letters and sounds – which is often not the case in English.
- DO include a variety of prompts when your student gets stuck. Review pages 26-27 in your program manual for ideas.
- DO provide specific positive feedback throughout the session related to a student’s actions and effort. If they do something you’d like to see them do again, make sure to acknowledge it right then.
- DO contact Tamara or your Reading Seed Program Coordinator with any questions or concerns.
- DO have lots of fun and share your passion and positivity with your students.
- DON’T spend coaching time working on classroom work or homework. While both are important, that is not our goal or purpose.
- DON’T spend more than half the session playing games or working on “out of context” skill-building activities.
- DON’T send Lending Library books home with students. These are for you to keep and use during your sessions.
Each year, Reading Seed provides coaches with a fun and interactive Reading Seed Game Board to help motivate students and celebrate their reading successes throughout the school year.
Coaches help their students track the time they spend reading during coaching and at home. Students earn a prizes throughout the game and a special Reading Star medallion for finishing 20 hours of reading by the end of the school year!
Many thanks to this year’s generous Reading Seed Game Board underwriter, Pima Federal Credit Union, and our wonderful prize sponsors – Bookmans, Chick-fil-A, Peter Piper Pizza, Ajo Bikes, eegee’s, and Pima Community College!
We offer free monthly professional development workshops for our coaches to increase volunteer skills and improve program quality. We provide time for idea sharing with other coaches, as well as an educational presentation on topics related to literacy and working with children.
Reservations are required, as we have limited space available at these trainings. Follow this link for a list of workshops and to register!
- Reading Seed’s Lending Library: With over 18,000 books available to Reading Seed Coaches, the Lending Library is a great place to look for books that match your students’ interests and reading abilities. Follow this link to access the Reading Seed Lending Library’s Online Catalog. For more information about the Lending Library, please view the Lending Library FAQ.
- Reading Seed’s Free Book Area: Reading Seed also has a collection of gently used free books available for Reading Coaches. We encourage coaches to give each student one new book from the Free Book Area every week to help encourage independent reading. By the end of the school year, your student will have their own private library that they can feel proud to share with others. Click here for frequently asked questions about our Free Book Area.