• Summary
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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.

The Teacher Round Protocol
The teacher round protocol

Many teachers have a running conversation with colleagues about their teaching and learning experiences. Their conversations are filled with anecdotes expressing wonder, confusion, joy, puzzlement, determination, questions, theories, and musing, all in some way connected to their effort to understand their students and what might best engage and support them in learning. Protocols, such as those which help teachers look at student work or structure an inquiry based on some problem of practice, take these corridor and lunchtime conversations and turn them into a more formal learning process. They encourage disciplined, in-depth, productive collegial discussion and problem solving. They “force transparency” (McDonald, Mohr, Dichter, and McDonald, 2003). That is, they help bring to the surface various aspects of ...

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