ERIC Number: ED442778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
A Flashlight and Compass: A Collection of Tools To Promote Instructional Coherence.
Copeland, Glenda; Finley, Sandra; Ferguson, Chris; Aldarette, Karen
This publication presents a collection of tools that promote instructional coherence. It focuses on the importance of teachers collaborating to develop a deeper understanding of how children learn and exploring relationships between teaching and learning. Coherence leads to improved educational experiences for learners as teachers make their instructional decisions by using both information collected in the classroom about what and how their students are learning and information from external sources about what is important for students to learn. The collection of tools falls into five categories: (1) coherence (understanding the rationale), (2) learning (placing learning at the center of practice), (3) dialogue (establishing a dialogue), (4) reflection (developing reflective practice), and (5) improving student learning (taking action). This publication presents tools and activities for each of the five areas. An appendix offers tools and strategies for facilitation, a bibliography of material to develop understanding about issues of coherence, and masters for cards used in designated activities. (Contains 20 resources.) (SM)
Descriptors: Coherence, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East Seventh Street, Austin, TX 78728; Tel: 512-476-6861; Web site: http://www.sedl.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.