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The Facilitator's Book of Questions: Resources for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work / Edition 1

The Facilitator's Book of Questions: Resources for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work / Edition 1

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This book is an essential tool for facilitators of groups using protocols, or structured conversations, to collaboratively review student and teacher work. A follow-up to Looking Together at Student Work and Assessing Student Learning, this resource considers the purposes for engaging in collaborative review and provides some of the most effective strategies for using protocols to support successful group work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807744680
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/29/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 246,349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Why a Book of Questions for Facilitators?3
Why a Book of Questions for Facilitators of Protocols?3
What Do We Mean by Student Work and Teacher Work?3
Who Is This Book For?4
How Is This Book Organized?5
What Doesn't This Book Do?7
How Might This Book Be Used?8
Chapter 1What Are Protocols and How Do They Work?9
What Is a Protocol?9
The Purposes of a Protocol11
The Anatomy of a Protocol12
The Spirit of a Protocol20
The Authority of a Protocol22
Beyond the Protocol23
Chapter 2How Are Protocols Different from Other Kinds of Professional Development?25
What's So Special About Protocols?26
What Does This Mean for the Facilitator's Role in a Protocol?30
Chapter 3What Do Facilitators Do? The Big Picture33
Facilitating Learning, Logistics, and Longevity33
Facilitators' "Thinking Dispositions": Reading, Responding, and Reflecting36
Chapter 4What Do Facilitators Do in a Protocol?44
Getting a Protocol (and Each Individual Step of the Protocol) Started46
Moving Through the Protocol51
Debriefing the Protocol58
An Example: Moves in the Context of a Protocol59
Summing Up65
Chapter 5What Kinds of Questions Get Asked in a Protocol?66
Focusing Questions67
Clarifying Questions70
Probing Questions71
Chapter 6What Happens Before and After Protocols?75
Before the Meeting75
After the Meeting85
Chapter 7How Do Facilitators Choose, Adapt, and Create Protocols?88
Choosing an Appropriate Protocol88
Making Adjustments, Adapting Protocols, and Creating New Protocols92
Chapter 8What Are the Challenges of Facilitating Protocols?100
Time Is Running Out101
The Group Is Too Big102
Participants Have a Hard Time Sticking With the Protocol103
Participants Rush to Evaluate or Judge the Work Being Presented105
Participants Seem Reluctant to Offer Challenging Feedback106
The Presenting Teacher's Presentation Wanders or Expands108
The Presenting Teacher Uses Her Response Time for Something Other than Response109
Participants Turn to Other Participants, or to the Facilitator, as an Expert on the Content110
The Facilitator Is Uncertain Whether to Participate in the Content of the Conversation or Stick to Facilitating the Process111
The Facilitator Feels a Bit Hesitant or Unsure of Her Skills112
One or More Participants Deliberately Resist Participating in the Protocol113
Chapter 9How Do Facilitators Get Better?117
Observing and Emulating117
Asking for Feedback119
Appendix AAdditional Resources125
Appendix BActivities127
About the Authors141

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