Talk about Teaching! Leading Professional Conversations

ISBN-10: 1412941415

ISBN-13: 9781412941419

Edition: 2009

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Description: This breakthrough work helpsschool leaders understand the value and power of informal conversations with instructors to promote teacher learning, improve classroom teaching, and increase learner achievement. Administrators will find "mental maps" and practical tools to promote meaningful professional conversations about instructional practice. After the Classroom Walkthrough : Explains the critical function of informal professional conversations in supporting ongoing teacher learning Explores the interaction of power and leadership in schools Outlines the conversation skills needed by school leaders to conduct these pivotal conversations Provides guidance for initiating and leading professional conversations

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 1/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Paul Westbrook, CFP, is President of Westbrook Financial Advisers, a fee-only financial and retirement planning firm in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Paul has spoken at financial planning and benefits conferences and has been quoted in Money magazine, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's. He also teaches at the business school at Rutgers University. Paul has written several books: Word Smart for Business, Math Smart for Business, and Business Companion. He also wrote JK Lasser's New Rules forRetirement and Tax.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Preface
Why Professional Conversation?
The Imperative for Improvement in Teaching
The Nature of Teacher Learning
Promoting Professional Learning Through Conversation
Assumptions Underlying Professional Conversations
Summary
Power and Leadership in Schools
Overview
The Reality of Power
Reconciling Power and Leadership
Summary
The Big Ideas That Shape Professional Conversations
What Constitutes Important Learning?
What Causes Learning?
How Are Students Motivated?
The Merging of All These Ideas
Summary
The Topics for Conversations
Power, Leadership, and the "Big Ideas"
Clarity of Purpose
Rigorous Learning Tasks and Assignments
High Levels of Energy and Student Engagement
A Safe and Challenging Environment
Smooth Organization and Management
Implementation of School or District Initiatives
Summary
Conversation Skills
Setting the Tone for Conversation
Linguistic Skills
Paraphrasing
Summary
Informal Professional Conversations
Purpose
Settings for Professional Conversations
Coach: Non-Tenured Teacher and a Supervisor
Coach: Tenured Teacher and a Non-Supervisory Colleague
Coach: Tenured Teacher and a Supervisor
Procedure
Summary
Implementation Issues
Finding Time for Conversation
Communicating the Purpose
Establishing Trust
Forging Understanding and Consensus on the "Big Ideas"
Elaborating the "Topics for Conversation"
Summary
Conversation Activities for Implementation
Establishing the Foundation
Communicating the Purpose
Establishing the Contributors to Student Learning
The Principal's Role in Promoting Good Teaching
Establishing Trust
Identifying an Environment of Poor Levels of Trust
Creating and Enhancing a Trusting Environment
Creating an Action Plan for Trust
The Big Ideas
Reflecting on One's Own Recent Learning
Thinking About the Changing World
Ensuring Important Learning
How Do People Learn?
Summarizing Observations From Personal Experience
Reflecting on One's Own Learning
Worthwhile Learning Experiences
Reflecting on the Characteristics of Children's Learning
Human Motivation
Considering Adult Motivation
Considering Student Motivation
Topics for Conversation
Considering the Topics for Conversation
Summary
References
Index
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