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Teachers can be leaders of their own ongoing learning—and their best professional development resources may be their own classrooms and colleagues. Applying the Teacher Rounds methodology, teachers learn with and from each other through classroom observations and inquiry and develop a trusted community of practice.
Scholar-teacher Thomas Del Prete outlines every aspect of this practice-based approach to professional learning, including: Step-by-step guidance and tools for implementing Teacher Rounds; Insights on creating a positive environment for honest feedback; A wealth of examples from a high-performing school and across all grade levels and disciplines; Based on a whole-hearted commitment to the art and science of teaching, this book helps teachers take classroom instruction to new levels of excellence.
Chapter 1: The Practice of Teaching and Teacher Rounds: Aiming for the Sweet Spot
The Practice of Teaching and Teacher Rounds: Aiming for the Sweet Spot
Teacher Rounds are meant to support teachers in understanding student learning and in developing their practice individually and collectively. Several fundamental questions, therefore, frame the work of Teacher Rounds: what do we teach for, and how do students learn deeply and well? How do our ideas about what we teach for and about learning shape teaching practice? How do we gain expertise in the practice of teaching, and what can school and other professional communities do to help develop effective practice? Big questions such as these do not always get the attention they deserve in the pressured world of teaching, professional learning, ...