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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 6: Deepening Inquiry, Observation, and Reflection
Deepening Inquiry, Observation, and Reflection
The Teacher Round protocol will start teachers on a path of collaborative learning in and from practice. Thereafter, the depth and value of the learning will depend on how well group members inquire, observe, and converse reflectively. To some extent, these habits of Teacher Round learning and reflective practice can be cultivated through the process itself, as a matter of collaborative learning-by-doing. Yet it can be enormously helpful as well for Round partners to deepen understanding of what these habits mean, both conceptually and in practice and to work together to develop them. Since inquiry is the lynchpin, it comes first in the order of consideration.
The Challenge of Inquiry
In preparation for his first Teacher Round, a ...