ERIC Number: ED377193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Doubts & Certainties: A Forum on School Transformation from the NEA National Center for Innovation, Vol 7, No. 2.
Castle, Shari; And Others
Doubts & Certainties, v7 n2 Oct 1992
This newsletter on educational innovation contains a reflection on educators' time limitations, a personal examination of the "teacher as coach" analogy, and several brief descriptions of programs in school renewal, innovation, and teacher education around the nation. Shari Castle and Gary D. Watts argue, in "Temporal Tensions: The Tyranny of Time," that traditional ways of arranging the educational calendar and teacher roles constrain time and so subvert innovation and creativity. They examine a 1991 survey of faculty for five broad strategies for change with specific examples of applications currently being practiced. The strategies were: (1) freeing up teachers from time constraints; (2) restructured or rescheduled time through altered calendar, school day, or teaching schedule; (3) establishing "common" planning time; (4) finding better, more efficient ways to use faculty meetings and staff development days; and (5) new ways to "purchase" time. In "A Players Guide to the Sport of Teaching," Kris Asthalter, a volleyball enthusiast, reflects on the teacher-coach analogy. This contributor finds that the analogy's greatest value is its emphasis on the affective domain--the opportunity for modeling and nurturing individual and team character that occurs in a coach-player relationship is a rich resource for teachers. A third section offers descriptions of two exemplary programs, two MIL Consortium comprehensive school renewal efforts, seven district-wide innovation efforts, and developments in the Teacher Ed Initiative. The final section contains selections from teacher discussion on an electronic network of topics treated in this newsletter. (JB)
Descriptors: Athletic Coaches, Change Strategies, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Newsletters, Program Descriptions, School Districts, School Restructuring, School Schedules, Teacher Role, Teachers, Time, Time Blocks, Time Management
NEA National Center for Innovation, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3290.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Research Div.