30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators

ISBN-10: 1412963036
ISBN-13: 9781412963039
Edition: 2nd 2009
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List price: $27.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748

Promote individual and collective learning with powerful reflective exercises for staff development! This revised edition of the bestseller demonstrates how educators can use the power of reflection to stimulate new ideas, consider fresh perspectives, and promote improved teaching and learning. The second edition presents a new look at 30 engaging, reflective exercises and features: Areader-friendly introduction to the power of reflective exercises New questions for individual and group reflection Techniques for using community resources and the Internet A new section on asking good questions Ways to use exercisesin the classroom to promote students' emotional connections with course content

Ellen Moir is executive director of the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She has also served for fifteen years as director of the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, a beginning teacher induction program that has supported more than 12,000 beginning teachers during the first two years of their careers. From 1985 to 2000, she was director of teacher education at UCSC. In 2003, Moir received the California Council on Teacher Education Distinguished Teacher Educator Award. She has recently addressed issues of new teacher support at the conferences of the National Governor�s Association, National Board for Professional Teacher Standards, American Educational Research Association, and National Staff Development Council. Recent journal publications include articles for Educational Leadership, Journal of Staff Development, Teacher Education Quarterly , and Chief State School Officers Council Newsletter . Moir has authored several book chapters related to induction and produced video documentaries on teacher induction and bilingual education.Stephen S. Kaagan is currently professor of education at Michigan State University. His teaching interests are leadership, organizational analysis, and administrative practice. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and has been honored with several awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain College in Vermont.Before coming to Michigan State University in 1991, Kaagan served as president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), commissioner of education for the State of Vermont (1982-88), and provost at Pratt Institute in New York City (1977-82).He has written extensively on leadership, organizational development, the role of the arts in schooling, and assessment and accountability. Selected publications include Developing Teacher Leaders: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success (with Frank Crowther et al.), Managing Successful School Reform: the Legacy of Chris Argyris (a special edition of the International Journal of Educational Management, co-edited with Frank Crowther), Leadership Games: Experiential Learning for Organizational Development , and Leadership Lessons: From a Life of Character and Purpose in Public Affairs .Kaagan is a charter board member of ArtServe Michigan. In the late 1980s, he served as a member of a distinguished panel on "Making the System Work Better for Poor Kids," a Carnegie Foundation-sponsored project of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.Kaagan's experience spans an academic career; wide-ranging service as an advisor to government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions; military experience in the USMC Reserve; extensive travel throughout the world, including mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, Andes, and Cascades; and rugby football refereeing for the US Rugby Football Union.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Author's Preface to the Second Edition
The Power of Reflective Exercises for Staff Development
Guiding Principles
Making the Exception to Current Practice the Rule
Committing to Organizational Learning Concepts
The Special Contributions of Senge et al.
A Personal Approach to Teaching and Consulting
Important Caveats
30 Reflective Exercises
Exercises Arranged by Topic and Purpose
Mental Markers: Expanding the Boundaries
Animal Attributes
Ancestors
Pushpins
Suprise Me
E-xplore Assets
Instant History
Bringing the Outside In
Best, Worst
What to Keep, What Not
Leadership Metaphors
Making Mutual Meaning: Reflecting Together
Dashing Dual Interview
E-xplore Perspectives
Snapshots
Rotating Pencils
Listening for Assumptions
Fruits of Silence
See
Patchwork Perspectives
Stakes
Vision Sketch
Maintaining Momentum: Moving Forward
Begin, Begin, Begin
Modest Expectations
Informed Purpose
Beginning at the End
Context Map
The "View From Downtown"
E-xplore by Association
Unheard Voices
Blame Game
Standing Offer
Using Appropriate Exercises
Slowing Down to Speed Up
Deepening the Discourse
Finding Common Ground
Diminishing Divisiveness
Concluding Comments
Bibliography
Index

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