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Written by a renowned educator, this breakthrough work helps leaders understand the value of professional conversations in promoting reflection, inquiry, support, and ongoing teacher development.

The Topics for Conversations
The topics for conversations

Professional conversation is unparalleled in its potential for stimulating in-depth reflection and deep learning on the part of teachers. This phenomenon—the power of conversation to serve as a catalyst for profound insights—has been recognized for some time. But what should the conversations be about? One option is to discuss theoretical matters, and indeed, such conversations can be extremely interesting and productive. But another option is to build professional conversations on the events of an observed class; these are the types of conversations described in this book. Even a brief classroom visit (5–10 minutes) can yield sufficient information on which to structure a productive conversation, and the conversation will have ready reference to actual events in the classroom which ...

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