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.
Chapter 5: Conversation Skills
Conversations about practice constitute a critical vehicle for professional learning by teachers; conducting those conversations, then, is an essential activity for those in leadership positions in the school: site administrators, department chairs, team leaders, and instructional coaches. But it's not sufficient to arrive at a teacher's door after school and simply blurt out an impression of what one has observed during a lesson. Professional conversations require skills, and learning those skills is an important obligation of school leaders.
Setting the Tone for Conversation
Naturally, conversations about practice occur within the context of the school's culture; therefore, establishing and maintaining a healthy and productive professional culture is essential to the success and richness of professional conversations. This culture consists of a number of interlocking factors, ...