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The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research

The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781483331997
Release 2014-05-06
Pages 296
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Harness the power of classroom data with the bestselling, updated guide to professional learning through inquiry and analysis. In this third edition of the renowned approach to teacher inquiry and data analysis, the authors add forward-thinking substance to their methods of formulating action research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and creating lasting solutions. In addition to illustrative real-life examples and practical exercises, new features include: An expanded data analysis chapter that introduces formative data analysis and its role in teacher research. Techniques for using inquiry to effectively implement Common Core State Standards. A brand-new chapter on ethical issues in teacher research.



The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research

The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781412966566
Release 2009
Pages 216
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Updated with the latest information on professional learning communities, data collection methods, and more, this revised bestseller guides teachers through the teacher inquiry process.



The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research

The Reflective Educator s Guide to Classroom Research Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781452285894
Release 2008-08-01
Pages 240
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Transform your teaching practice with this powerful approach to professional growth! This updated bestseller gives prospective and practicing teachers everything they need to engage in the vital process of teacher inquiry. Featuring helpful exercises and step-by-step instructions, this how-to guide takes teachers through each stage of the process: formulating a research question, collaborating with others, collecting and analyzing data, writing and presenting classroom research, and assessing project quality. This revised edition includes: An updated section about professional learning communities The latest methods of collecting data, from digital photos to blogging Added examples from middle and high school settings



Facilitator s Guide

Facilitator s Guide Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781412966542
Release 2009
Pages 45
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"Based on the best-selling The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research, Second Edition, this guide gives staff developers the tools they need to facilitate book study groups, seminars, and professional development events focused on practitioner inquiry. An effective form of professional development, teacher inquiry has the potential to inform any aspect of classroom practice across subject areas and grade levels. For discussion topics that include differentiated instruction, working with English language learners, Response to Intervention, this facilitator's resource makes it easy to lead participants through a step-by-step process that covers: formulating a research question; collaborating with others; collecting data; analyzing data; writing and presenting classroom research; and assessing the quality of the work."--BOOK JACKET.



The Reflective Educator s Guide to Professional Development

The Reflective Educator   s Guide to Professional Development Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781452239255
Release 2008-05-01
Pages 208
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Powerful tools for facilitating teachers' professional development and optimizing school improvement efforts! Combining professional learning communities (PLCs) and action research, this step-by-step guide provides coaches, workshop leaders, and staff developers with strategies, activities, and tools to develop inquiry-oriented PLCs. The authors present essential elements of a healthy PLC, case studies of inquiry-based PLCs, and lessons learned for improving coaching practices. Sample projects and reflection prompts will help readers: Organize, assess, and maintain high-functioning, inquiry-oriented PLCs Facilitate the development of study questions Enable PLC members to develop, analyze, and share research results Lead successful renewal and reform efforts



Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research

Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research Author Cathy Caro-Bruce
ISBN-10 9781412936675
Release 2007-08-01
Pages 303
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Learn how to implement a sustainable school or district action research program that promotes educational equity, helps close the achievement gap, and strengthens instructional leadership.



Inquiry

Inquiry Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781452269306
Release 2011-09-07
Pages 200
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Connect inquiry to improved teaching and learning across your district! Now that federal and state initiatives require school districts to provide job-embedded professional development, the next step is making it happen. This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a laser-like focus on both adult and student learning. This book’s inquiry model challenges educators and students to: Define questions they are passionate about exploring Collect and analyze data to inform their questions Share what they have learned through the process with others Collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement



Inquiring Into the Common Core

Inquiring Into the Common Core Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781452274263
Release 2013-07-11
Pages 112
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This innovative book is designed to help educators develop a better understanding of the Common Core through the processes of teacher and student enquiry. It is grounded in the premise that teacher inquiry is a logical mechanism with which teachers and administrators can gain insights into the standards, what they mean for teachers and students, and how the Common Core can be actualized within the reality of teachers′ everyday work with students in the classroom. At the same time it advocates that teachers engage students in the process of inquiry in the classroom as a central means of helping them meet the new standards.



Managing Diverse Classrooms

Managing Diverse Classrooms Author Carrie Rothstein-Fisch
ISBN-10 9781416612551
Release 2008-01-17
Pages 196
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How does the home culture of Latino immigrant students differ from the "mainstream" culture of U.S. schools? Why is it important for teachers to understand the differences? How can educators take advantage of students' cultural traits to improve classroom management, student performance, and school-parent relations? Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull answer these and many other questions by drawing on the experience and collective wisdom of teachers in the Bridging Cultures Project, a five-year action research study of elementary classrooms with high percentages of immigrant students. The authors present a simple framework for understanding cultural differences, comparing the "individualistic" culture that prevails in American education with the "collectivistic" culture that characterizes most of the world's population, including many of the Latino immigrant students in U.S. classrooms. At the heart of the book are teacher-developed strategies that capitalize on the cultural values that these students and their families offer, such as an emphasis on helping, sharing, and the success of the group. The strategies cover a wide spectrum of issues and concerns, including * Communication with families * Open house and parent-teacher conferences *Homework *Attendance * Learning in the content areas * Motivation and rewards * Classroom rules * Assessment and grading Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths presents both the research foundation and the practical perspectives of seasoned teachers whose classroom-tested approaches have produced positive results. With this valuable guide in hand, readers will have the insights and strategies they need to turn educational challenges into educational opportunities.



Becoming a Teacher Researcher in Literacy Teaching and Learning

Becoming a Teacher Researcher in Literacy Teaching and Learning Author Christine C. Pappas
ISBN-10 9781136861123
Release 2011-01-25
Pages 288
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Designed to facilitate teachers’ efforts to meet the actual challenges and dilemmas they face in their classrooms, Becoming a Teacher Researcher in Literacy Teaching and Learning: provides background information and key concepts in teacher research covers the "how-to" strategies of the teacher research process from the initial proposal to writing up the report as publishable or presentable work illustrates a range of literacy topics and grade levels features twelve reports by teacher researchers who have gone through the process, and their candid remarks about how activities helped (or not) helps teachers understand how knowledge is constructed socially in their classrooms so that they can create instructional communities that promote all students’ learning. Addressing the importance of teacher research for better instruction, reform, and political action, this text emphasizes strategies teachers can use to support and strengthen their voices as they dialogue with others in the educational community, so that their ideas and perspectives may have an impact on educational practice both locally in their schools and districts and more broadly.



Inquiry as Stance

Inquiry as Stance Author Marilyn Cochran-Smith
ISBN-10 9780807749708
Release 2009
Pages 401
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In this long-awaited sequel to Inside/Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge, two leaders in the field of practitioner research offer a radically different view of the relationship of knowledge and practice and of the role of practitioners in educational change. In their new book, the authors put forward the notion of inquiry as stance as a challenge to the current arrangements and outcomes of schools and other educational contexts. They call for practitioner researchers in local settings across the United States and across the world to ally their work with others, as part of larger social and intellectual movements for social change and social justice.



The Inspiring Teacher

The Inspiring Teacher Author Robert A. Sullo
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105021867663
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 167
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This book provides educators with information on how to become an inspiring teacher. Nine chapters look at: (1) "The Qualities of an Inspiring Teacher" (e.g., passion for learning, lifelong learners, and actions match words); (2) "Choice Theory" (genetic instructions affecting behavior, the quality world, and perception); (3) "Brain-Based Learning" (e.g., brain information for the nonspecialist, memory, and multiple intelligences); (4) "Developmental Issues" (e.g., theory of human development, stages of moral reasoning, and gender and gender bias); (5) "Inspiring Your Students" (e.g., building the classroom community, the first day of school, and working with a purpose); (6) "Inspiring Your Colleagues" (e.g., walk the talk, preserving individual style, and making connections beyond the building); (7) "Forging an Alliance with Parents" (e.g., intimidation, fear, condescending behaviors, and parent experts in the classroom); (8) "Conflict Management" (achieving a win/win result and when conflict resolution is not an option); and (9) "Time Management" (e.g., student evaluation, teacher as facilitator, and effective use of paraprofessionals). (Contains 45 bibliographic references.) (SM)



Digging Deeper Into Action Research

Digging Deeper Into Action Research Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781452241951
Release 2013-02-05
Pages 120
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From framing your question to presenting your research, this is your go-to guide each time you embark on a new inquiry. Includes real-life vignettes, self-guided worksheets, and a DVD.



Teach Reflect Learn

Teach  Reflect  Learn Author Pete Hall
ISBN-10 9781416620136
Release 2015-04-15
Pages 177
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“It’s not the doing that matters; it’s the thinking about the doing,” said John Dewey. As a teacher, you work hard to make a positive difference in the lives of your students. But this kind of progress doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen accidentally. It’s the result of intentionality, planning, effort . . . and thought. The difference between learning a skill and being able to implement it effectively resides in your capacity to engage in deep, continuous thought about that skill. In other words, recognizing why you do something is often more important than knowing how to do it. To help you deepen your thinking and reflect on your capacity as an educator, Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral return to the Continuum of Self-Reflection, which they introduced to coaches and administrators in their best-selling Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success, and redesign its implementation so you can take charge of your own professional growth. In these pages, you’ll find tools specifically made to enhance self-reflection on professional practice, including the Continuum of Self-Reflection and the Reflective Cycle. You’ll be able to assess your current self-reflective tendencies, identify opportunities to reflect on your instruction, and begin to forge a path toward continuous growth and educational excellence.



The PLC Book

The PLC Book Author Nancy Fichtman Dana
ISBN-10 9781506338408
Release 2015-10-22
Pages 128
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The secret to your PLC’s success? You. Commitment to improving student outcomes is a natural part of being a teacher—and that’s why this book is for every member of the team, not just the leader. When you bring your experience, skills, and questions to a professional learning community, you help shape its future. You’ll work collaboratively to Give voice to important issues and dilemmas Decide where to focus your work Develop and implement a plan for gaining insight into your area of focus Take action based on individual and collective learning Share results with others outside the PLC



Being a Teacher Researcher

Being a Teacher   Researcher Author Konstantinos Alexakos
ISBN-10 9789463002950
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 122
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Using a sociocultural approach to critical action research, this book is a primer in doing reflexive, authentic inquiry research in teaching and learning for educators as teacher | researchers. Rather than the artificial dichotomy between theory and practice, the roles of teacher and researcher are instead seen in a dialectic relationship (indicated by the symbol | in teacher | researcher) in which each informs and mediates the other in the process of revising and generating new knowledge that is of benefit to those being researched. In addition to providing a theoretical foundation for authentic inquiry, Being a Teacher | Researcher provides a detailed framework with ideas and strategies that interested educators can apply in exploring teaching and learning in both formal and informal settings. It provides concrete examples of how to use authentic inquiry as a basis for collaborating with others to improve the quality of teaching and learning while cogenerating new theory and associated practices that bridge what has been described as a theory-practice divide. Included in this book are how to plan and carry out authentic inquiry studies, choosing appropriate methodologies, methods of data collection and analysis, negotiating research with human participants, using authenticity criteria and characteristics, and addressing challenges and conflicts for teacher | researchers. As a primer, this book serves the needs of many different populations including prospective and practicing teachers, teacher educators, beginning researchers and seasoned researchers who are making changes to what and how they research.



Learning to Teach in the Primary School

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Author Teresa Cremin
ISBN-10 9781315453712
Release 2018-03-14
Pages 576
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How do you become an effective primary school teacher? What do you need to be able to do? What do you need to know? Flexible, effective and creative primary school teachers require subject knowledge, an understanding of their pupils and how they learn, a range of strategies for managing behaviour and organising environments for learning, and the ability to respond to dynamic classroom situations. The fourth edition of this bestselling textbook has been fully updated with the latest research and initiatives in the field, as well as the most recent changes to the National Curriculum across the UK. Twenty four new authors have contributed, sharing their expertise and experience as practitioners. Ten brand new units have been included on: Becoming a professional in the current context Building inclusive communities of engaged learners Understanding schools’ aims and enacting your own Teaching for social justice Reading Grammar and punctuation Mastery in mathematics The value of outdoor learning Primary education in a digital age A selection of extra tasks have been woven throughout, with an emphasis on innovative, reflective practice, and new ‘vivid examples’ bring each chapter’s argument to life in a classroom context. In addition, each chapter contains M-level tasks and further reading to assist with research assignments, and differences in the National Curriculum and policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are highlighted. Providing a comprehensive but accessible introduction to teaching and learning in the primary school, covering everything a trainee needs to know in order to gain QTS, this accessible and engaging textbook is essential reading for all students training to be primary school teachers. This textbook is supported by a free companion website with additional resources for instructors and students (www.routledge.com/cw/Cremin) and an accompanying series of books on Teaching Creatively across the curriculum.