Talk About Teaching!: Leading Professional Conversations

Talk About Teaching!: Leading Professional Conversations

by Charlotte F. Danielson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412941407

ISBN-13: 9781412941402

Pub. Date: 01/08/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Help teachers improve their practice by holding rewarding professional conversations!

This breakthrough work from renowned educator Charlotte Danielson helps school leaders understand the value of reflective, informal professional conversations in promoting a positive environment of inquiry, support, and teacher development. Organized around the “big ideas

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Help teachers improve their practice by holding rewarding professional conversations!

This breakthrough work from renowned educator Charlotte Danielson helps school leaders understand the value of reflective, informal professional conversations in promoting a positive environment of inquiry, support, and teacher development. Organized around the “big ideas” of successful teaching, this guidebook:

  • Explains the critical function of informal professional conversations in ongoing teacher learning
  • Explores the interaction of power and leadership in schools
  • Outlines the conversation skills that school leaders need to initiate and engage in successful conversations
  • Includes “mental maps,” sample topics, and conversation activities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412941402
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Preface
1. Why Professional Conversation?
The Imperative for Improvement in Teaching
The Nature of Teacher Learning
Promoting Professional Learning Through Conversation
Assumptions Underlying Professional Conversations
Summary
2. Power and Leadership in Schools
Overview
The Reality of Power
Reconciling Power and Leadership
Summary
3. The Big Ideas That Shape Professional Conversations
What Constitutes Important Learning?
What Causes Learning?
How Are Students Motivated?
The Merging of All These Ideas
Summary
4. The Topics for Conversations
Power, Leadership, and the “Big Ideas”
Clarity of Purpose
Rigorous Learning Tasks and Assignments
High Levels of Energy and Student Engagement
A Safe and Challenging Environment
Smooth Organization and Management
Implementation of School or District Initiatives
Summary
5. Conversation Skills
Setting the Tone for Conversation
Linguistic Skills
Paraphrasing
Summary
6. Informal Professional Conversations
Purpose
Settings for Professional Conversations
Coach: Non-Tenured Teacher and a Supervisor
Coach: Tenured Teacher and a Non-Supervisory Colleague
Coach: Tenured Teacher and a Supervisor
Procedure
Summary
7. Implementation Issues
Finding Time for Conversation
Communicating the Purpose
Establishing Trust
Forging Understanding and Consensus on the “Big Ideas”
Elaborating the “Topics for Conversation”
Summary
8. Conversation Activities for Implementation
Establishing the Foundation
Communicating the Purpose
Conversation Activity #1: Establishing the Contributors to Student Learning
Conversation Activity #2: The Principal’s Role in Promoting Good Teaching
Establishing Trust
Conversation Activity #1: Identifying an Environment of Poor Levels of Trust
Conversation Activity #2: Creating and Enhancing a Trusting Environment
Conversation Activity #3: Creating an Action Plan for Trust
The Big Ideas: Considering High-Level Learning
Conversation Activity #1: Reflecting on One’s Own Recent Learning
Conversation Activity #2: Thinking About the Changing World
Conversation Activity #3: Ensuring Important Learning
How Do People Learn?
Conversation Activity #1: Summarizing Observations From Personal Experience
Conversation Activity #2: Reflecting on One’s Own Learning
Worthwhile Learning Experiences
Conversation Activity #1: Reflecting on the Characteristics of Children’s Learning
Human Motivation
Conversation Activity #1: Considering Adult Motivation
Conversation Activity #2: Considering Student Motivation
Topics for Conversation
Discussion Questions #1-#6: Considering the Topics for Conversation
Summary
References
Index

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