Classroom isolation leads teachers to fall back on the ‘apprenticeship of observation’ that they undertook as school students. <br />
“Teachers continue to work alone in cell-like classrooms, separated from other teachers, in physical structures that resemble prisons and mental hospitals.”<br />Vivian Troen & Kitty Boles<br />
Spray and pray<br />Schools persist in practices that do not work.<br />
“Schools learn collectively in teamsand teachers get better by working in teams on teaching issues.”<br />Professor Richard Elmore<br />
“Watching most teams operate in schools is like watching Astroturf grow. “<br />Professor Richard Elmore<br />
Think of a group that you are (or were) part of that learned really well . . . what made it function so well? <br />
“When a group is working well, we learn to listen to and respect diverse points of view, to share and exchange knowledge, and to clarify, modify, and extend our own thinking.” <br />Project Zero<br />
Training group members to function as such prior to group engagement can improve interactions and increase productivity.<br />
How do claims of knowing vary across teams? <br />70%<br />Conditional Claims <br />50%<br />Assertive Claims<br />30%<br />Low<br />Team<br />Performance<br />High<br />
“Our future is not a future of fixed practices. Our future is a future of dramatic transformations. The more I know about learning, the more problematic I find this institution called school.” <br />Professor Richard Elmore<br />
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