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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 7: The Courage to Learn in and from Practice
The Courage to Learn in and from Practice
As emphasized throughout the book, a Teacher Round is a structured process of reflection, inquiry, and collaborative learning in and from practice, conducted by and for teachers. Its founding idea is that teaching is a complex practice, and that educators need to embrace and tap into this complexity in an inquiring and collaborative way, in the context in which practice actually occurs, in order to bring to the surface and examine more closely questions and possibilities in relation to critical learning goals for all students and to develop insight and expertise. Teacher Rounds harness collaboration, observation, reflection, and inquiry as powerful agents in the process of building knowledge that can ...