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Teacher Rounds

Teacher Rounds
A Guide to Collaborative Learning in and From Practice

July 2013 | 184 pages | Corwin
Teachers can be leaders of their own ongoing learning—and their best professional development resources may be their own classrooms and colleagues. Applying the Teacher Rounds methodology, teachers learn with and from each other through classroom observations and inquiry and develop a trusted community of practice.

Scholar-teacher Thomas Del Prete outlines every aspect of this practice-based approach to professional learning, including:

Step-by-step guidance and tools for implementing Teacher Rounds

Insights on creating a positive environment for honest feedback

A wealth of examples from a high-performing school and across all grade levels and disciplines

Based on a whole-hearted commitment to the art and science of teaching, this book helps teachers take classroom instruction to new levels of excellence.

About the Author
1. The Practice of Teaching and Teacher Rounds: Aiming for the Sweet Spot
What Do We Teach For and How Do Students Learn Deeply and Well?

How Do Our Ideas About What We Teach for and About Learning Shape Teaching Practice?

How Do Teachers Develop Expertise?

Questions to Consider

2. The Teacher Round Protocol
Preparing for Teacher Rounds

The Teacher Round Protocol

The Teacher Round Protocol in Action: Kate’s 7th Grade Mathematics Teacher Round

3. Teacher Round Learning in High School
Leann’s Teacher Round: Understanding Theme in English Literature

Tara’s Teacher Round: Investigating Free Fall in One Dimension

Phoebe’s Teacher Round: Introduction to Constructive Critique in Art Class

Jeremy S.’s Teacher Round: A Visual Introduction to the Great Depression

Jeremy’s Preround Orientation: Immersion in the Odyssey

4. Sharing and Developing Expertise in Elementary School
Margaret’s Teacher Round: Early Guided Reading (Grade 2)

Teacher Rounds at Jacob Hiatt Elementary School

5. Rounds Day at University Park Campus School
Rounds Day

For Consideration and Reflection

6. Deepening Inquiry, Observation, and Reflection
The Challenge of Inquiry

The Challenge of Round Observation

The Challenge of Postround Reflection

7. The Courage to Learn in and From Practice
Developing Expertise in a Complex Practice

Trust, Openness, and the Courage to Learn

Establishing a Zone of Authentic Teacher Learning

Integrity of Teachers, Integrity of the Profession

An Inherently Hopeful, Reflective, and Democratic Act

Appendix A. Introducing Teacher Rounds: Several Examples
Chandler Elementary Community School

Claremont Academy

North Shore Technical High School Teacher Induction Program

Appendix B. Starting at the Beginning: Preservice Teacher Rounds
Rethinking Teacher Preparation and Practice

Integrating Teacher Rounds into Preservice Programs

Clark University Model

University of South Carolina Model

Teachers College at Columbia University

The “Rounds Project” at the University of Michigan

Towards an Integrated Practice-Based Approach: The Example of Clark University

Appendix C. The Teacher Round Protocol (Sample Short Version)

Teacher Rounds is one of the best ways to get teachers out of their classrooms and into each other’s classrooms for their own learning and for school improvement. This book provides the theory and background of rounds as well as concrete examples of how a school can implement them.”

Lois Easton, Educational Consultant and Author
LBE Learning, Tucson, AZ

“In the PLC driven world of education, the author gives a real world model, Teacher Rounds, in which collaborative work is the focus for learning in and from practice. The model is both practical and humane while achieving results.”

Terry Morganti-Fisher, Educational Consultant
Learning Forward and QLD Learning, Austin, TX

“The protocol of Teacher Rounds has the potential to be a powerful tool for professional learning. The focused conversations that follow observation augment the learning for all involved.”

Sue Elliott, Education Consultant
Suechelt Consulting, Sechelt, BC

Teacher Rounds is a terrific example of job-embedded learning.”

Andrew Szczepaniak, Director of Professional Development
Gilbert Public Schools, AZ

"Thoughtful and packed with insights, Teacher Rounds is a valuable addition to the growing literature on important initiatives to improve teaching and learning."

Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles, authors of The Power of Teacher Teams

"This clearly written and highly accessible book offers a form of professional practice that begins with a deep respect for teachers. I urge school leaders, teacher educators, classroom teachers, and others concerned with improving the educational opportunities of our children to read this book and immediately put the ideas into action."

Kathy Schultz, Dean and Professor
Mills College School of Education, CA

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