Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers: A Guide to Peer Consultation for Administrators and Teachers

Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers: A Guide to Peer Consultation for Administrators and Teachers

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Overview

Boost teacher-to-teacher collaboration and learning as a means of informal, but powerful professional development!

Most teachers have experienced some kind of formal mentoring or induction program. What these programs can miss is the meaningful daily interaction with peers that builds mutual trust and instructional collaboration. Based on a unique investigative study of nearly 300 teachers, this powerful new resource provides informative teacher perspectives of informal, naturally occurring, teacher-to-teacher professional development. The authors identify the following five teacher behaviors that can positively influence other teachers’ morale, teaching skills, and professional growth:

• Building healthy relationships by communicating, caring, and developing trust
• Using five guiding principles for structuring learning experiences
• Planning and organizing for learning
• Showing and sharing
• Guiding for classroom management

This excellent resource helps school leaders promote a culture that encourages lasting professional development. In each chapter, educators share specific experiences and examples, showing each skill in action.

School leaders will learn what strong teacher peer "consultants" actually do that leads to improved teacher confidence and motivation, enhanced trust and mutual respect, and reflective instructional behavior among their colleagues. These cost-effective, authentic strategies will build camaraderie and leadership in your school, engaging colleagues as a team in the vital mission of all schools-educating our youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632201461
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jo Blase is a professor of educational administration at the University of Georgia, and a former public school teacher, high school and middle school principal, and director of staff development. She currently resides in Athens, Georgia.

Joseph Blase is a professor of educational administration at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from Syracuse University and has researched school form, the micropolitics of education, and the work lives of teachers. He currently resides in Athens, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edith Rusch
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Preface
1. Teachers Helping Teachers: The Case for Peer Consultation
Introduction
How Teachers Learn to Teach
The First Source of Teacher Help: Principals as Instructional Supervisors
The Second Source of Teacher Help: Lead Teachers and the Move Away From Top-Down Administrative Control
The Third Source of Teacher Help: Naturally-Occurring Informal Peer Consultation
Our Study of Peer Consultation Among Teachers
A Portrait of Peer Consultation
Questions to Consider
Suggested Reading for Further Learning
2. Peer Consultation Skill #1: Building Healthy Relationships by Communicating, Caring, and Developing Trust
Communication as the Key
Four Types of Peer Consultation
Peer Consultants’ Communication Style
Peer Consultants’ Caring
Peer Consultants’ Building Trust
Summary
Activities for Teachers and Administrators
Suggested Reading for Further Learning
3. Peer Consultation Skill #2: Using the Five Guiding Principles for Structuring Learning
Experiences
Teachers’ Knowledge Base
The Educational Productivity Research and the School Effects Research
From Knowledge to the Development of a Professional Learning Community
Peer Consultants’ Guiding Principles for Structuring Learning Experiences
Summary
Implications for Practice
Suggested Reading for Further Learning
4. Peer Consultation Skill #3: Planning and Organizing for Learning
Teachers’ Professional Development
Meta-Themes of Planning
Getting Organized for Instruction
Elements of Lesson Planning
Teacher Tips
The Dark Side of Planning and Organizing for Learning
Summary
Reminders and Questions
Suggested Reading for Further Reading
5. Peer Consultation Skill #4: Showing and Sharing
Showing: Three Kinds of Lessons
The Power of Learning by Observing: A Special Form of Showing
Sharing: A Bounty from Colleagues
Summary
Implications for Practice and Questions
Suggested Reading for Further Learning
6. Peer Consultation Skill #5: Guiding for Classroom Management
Nine Guiding Principles of Classroom Management
Setting Up and Maintaining Classroom Routines
Summary
Questions for Discussion Among Faculty and Administrators
Suggested Reading for Further Learning
7. Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Peer Consultation
Introduction
Capitalizing on the Power of Peer Consultation
An Element of Academic Leadership Revealed
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Peer Consultants at Their Best
How Peer Consultation Supports the Development of a Professional Learning Community
Semi-Formal Collaboration Among Teachers and Its Effects
Conclusion: The Challenge for Teachers, Administrators, and Professional Learning
Coordinators to Unleash and Sustain Peer Consultation
Resource: Research Methods and Procedures
References
Index

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