Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom

Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom

by Pete Hall, Alisa Simeral

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Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416620136
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Veteran school administrator and professional development agent Pete Hall has dedicated his career to supporting the improvement of our education systems. Besides partnering with Alisa Simeral on this and their first book together, he authored The First-Year Principal (Scarecrow Education, 2004) and Lead On! Motivational Lessons for School Leaders (Eye on Education, 2011). Pete currently works as an educational consultant as a member of the ASCD Faculty and trains educators worldwide. You can contact him via email at Pete.Hall.Faculty@ASCD.org or catch his Twitter feed at @EducationHall. School turnaround specialist and veteran educator Alisa Simeral has guided school-based reform efforts as a teacher, dean, and instructional coach. Her emphasis is, and always has been, improving the adult-input factors that contribute to the betterment of the student-output results. She partnered with Pete Hall to write their first book together, Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders (ASCD, 2008), and already has plans for their next writing venture. Passionate about providing support where it’s needed most—at the classroom level—her mantra is “When our teachers succeed, our students succeed.”

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