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Overview

Featuring engaging narratives, this "how-to" book delves into reflection as a concept and provides specific, replicable tools for professional practice. Each chapter draws on a particular school situation demonstrating the value of teacher reflection and describing the nuts and bolts of the process, including protocols for handling many different circumstances.
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With federal legislation driving most school improvement, educators are being held more accountable than ever for the performance of their students and the quality of their teaching. This volume in the Series on School Reform contains both tales and tools that will assist educators at all levels to critically reflect on their practice as professionals and on the work they ask their students to do. The authors, all practitioners, came together in a 1994 project called Educators Writing for Change, which is linked to the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The early chapters address building reflective practice with students, and subsequent chapters are narratives about professionals working together in groups using structured discussions to examine what they do in the classroom. Educators unfamiliar with Critical Friends Groups should start with Peggy Silva's chapter because most of the other authors reference CFGs and their protocols. Each chapter contains the actual tools used for reflection, such as the tuning protocol, which creates a step-by-step structured process through which a group examines an issue or piece of work and gives feedback. The importance of creating an environment that is safe for risk-taking and the need to directly teach reflective process steps to either students or colleagues are embedded in each chapter. Educators wishing to expand their repertoire of reflective tools will find much of value throughout the text, including many different reflection models that address quality practice and increased student achievement. 2003, Teachers College Press, 207p.; Index. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading., pb. Ages 17 to Adult.
—Michele Winship
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807743485
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2003
  • Series: Series on School Reform
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Changing the Blame Game 1
2 The Presentation: Examining Students At Work 10
3 When Students Reflect Together: Socratic Discussions 23
4 Student-Centered Meetings: A Protocol for Working with Families 34
5 Storytelling and the Art of Reflective Conversation 41
6 Reflection Is at the Heart of Practice 50
7 Linking Student Learning to Teacher Practice through Critical Friends Groups 61
8 All Together Now: Reflection as a Community Activity 67
9 New Territories 78
10 More than One Kind of Sandwich: A District Begins a Conversation about Reflective Practice 93
11 Growing Reflective Practitioners 102
Index 121
About the Authors 125
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