Synopses & Reviews
This book identifies the classroom methodologies, curriculum and personal professional growth that are essential for ongoing school reform. The author honours the traditions of teaching while simultaneously making a compelling case for change.
"Inspirational stories, thought-provoking parables, memorable quotes . . . It's a book to read, ponder, and debate." Lois Bridges, The Galef Institute "I hope all teachers and administrators read, think, discuss-and then act on these ideas. They nurture greatness." Connie Muther, Consultant, Manchester, Connecticut "One of the clearest statements to date regarding the importance of professional collegiality as the cornerstone of school reform." Martin L. Krovetz, Professor of Educational Administration, San Jose State University Change begins with teachers. Here's a guide to redefining teachers' roles and suggestions for what teachers must do to facilitate lasting school change. Black offers ideas and suggestions to help you become a teacher who works toward change. She advocates changing attitides, classroom methodololies, curriculum, and professional growth even while retaining valuable teaching traditions. This book shows you how to: * Communicate with students and coworkers more effectively and assertively * Refine your approach and build new beliefs * Increase student responsibility for their own learning * Design projects that involve your students "All teachers should read this book. Very powerful." Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author of Magical Child, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg
Table of Contents
Creating personal vision of change -- Preparing to live in a different reality. Defining reality. The age of reason : a culture defines our recent past. The age of information : we redefine reality. Reality defines the workplace. The assembly line : a model defines the age. The worker : redefinition adds value. Applying redefinition to schools -- Overcoming the culture of powerlessness. Analyzing our position. Professionals : working in a new culture. Teachers : working in a time warp. Changing our position. Self-image : changing ours. Attitude : defining our personal power. Positive practices : applying them to ourselves. Teacher culture : understanding and overcoming taboos and self-destructive behaviors. Professional, public image : changing ours. New teacher traits : three experts' definitions. Greatness : finding it in ourselves -- Becoming the new teacher. Redefining our approach. Old beliefs. Building new beliefs. Redefining our practice. Research guidelines : using three criteria for optimal learning. Monday morning techniques : theme cycle. Why am i doing this? Connecting details in a new picture. Redefining our materials. Redefining our curriculum. Assessment. Pre-assessment. Parameters. Redefining our responsibility. Increasing student responsibility. Limiting teacher responsibility -- Viewing the new teacher in action. Creating our information age learning models. The ACTS model. Projects : framework for the ACTS model. Performance assessments : testing the ACTS model. Defining our information age teaching style. Traditional styles : direct and indirect teaching. Self-directed learning -- Embracing the new view. What we're up against. Why we can't wait. Tribute due the current system. What we can expect. Staying connected.