Teacher Practice Online: Sharing Wisdom, Opening Doors

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Teachers know how complicated their work is. They constantly balance considerations of individual students with those of the group; they think about how past events affect today's lessons; and they constantly adapt and revise for future lessons. But few people ever get to see teachers' work in this way. The most energizing, relational, complicated, inspiring, disheartening parts of teaching remain largely invisible. Over nearly a decade at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Désirée Pointer Mace worked with dozens of teachers across the country to "open their doors" by creating multimedia, web-based representations of teaching practice. This book describes how such multimedia representations are envisioned, documented, created, and shared and how others might engage in this process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749685
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Series: Series on School Reform
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Ann Lieberman xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Overview: Learning from (and with) Technology 1

Tracing the Wisdom of Practice 2

Learning to Do Collaborative Documentation of Teaching: "Terry Loomis" 2

Capturing the Complex Practice of Veteran Teachers: Yvonne Divans Hutchinson 4

Enacting Specific Practices: Jennifer Myers 5

Inquiry and Community: Irma Lyons 6

Looking Across Practices: Every Child a Reader and Writer 7

About This Book 8

2 Multimedia Representations of Teaching Practice: Allied Approaches to Making Teaching Public 9

What Is a Multimedia Representation of Teaching? 9

How Can an MRT Be Framed/Represented? 13

Whom Are MRTs For? How Are They Used? 16

How Does the Emergence of MRTs Connect to Other Developing Traditions? 17

Dilemmas in MRTs: A Dialogue 17

3 Terry Loomis: Learning to See, Learning to Do 20

The Role of Multimedia Documentation 21

Using Media Tools to Document Language and Culture 22

Introducing the Planned Multimedia Project 22

"Why Don't They Celebrate Mexicans?": An Unexpected Turn 24

The Unplanned Multimedia Project: Making Movies to Share Language and Culture 26

Learning from the Unexpected: The Potential for Multimedia in the Classroom 35

4 Yvonne Divans Hutchinson: Capturing the Complexity of Experienced Teaching Practice 37

Going Public with Hutchinson's Class: Inventing the "Class Anatomy" 39

Content Focus: Facilitating a Discussion of a Memoir 39

Practitioner Goals 40

Documentation of the Class Period 41

Creating a Multimedia Representation of Hutchinson's Teaching 48

How Hutchinson's Practice Can Be Used for Teacher Learning andDevelopment 50

5 Jennifer Myers: Chronicling a Classroom Literacy Environment 56

Going Public with Myers's Class: The Literacy Workshop Approach 57

Content Focus: The Reading and Writing Workshop Approach 57

Practitioner Goals 58

Documentation of the Literacy Workshop 59

Word Study 66

Writing Workshop 66

Reflection on the Day 74

Creating a Multimedia Representation of Myers's Teaching 75

How Myers's Practice Can Be Used for Teacher Learning and Development 77

6 Irma Lyons: Putting Faces on a Learning Community 81

Going Public with Lyons's Class: Documenting a Learning Community 81

Content Focus: Emulating the Community of the Harlem Renaissance 82

Practitioner Goals 82

Documentation of the Harlem Renaissance Museum Project 82

Creating a Multimedia Representation of Lyons's Teaching 90

How Lyons's Practice Can Be Used for Teacher Learning and Development 92

7 The Noyce Collaborative: Looking into and Across Practices 94

Going Public with the Every Child a Reader and Writer Initiative 95

Documenting Four Classroom Approaches to Personal Narrative Writing 100

Creating a Frame to Look Across Classroom Practices: Telling Five Stories at the Same Time 109

How the Inside Writing Workshop Can Be Used for Teacher Learning and Development 111

8 Into Our Own Classrooms: How Going Public Can Launch and Sustain a Vibrant Teaching Life 115

Joining a Global Network of Educators 115

Where to Begin? 116

Changing Teaching by Opening Our Doors 118

Appendix: Documentary Protocol 121

References 127

Index 135

About the Author 143

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