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ERIC Number: ED494329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Enabling Communities and Collaborative Responses to Teaching Demonstrations
Swenson, Janet; Mitchell, Diana
National Writing Project (NJ3)
Demonstrations are a mainstay of summer institutes, but the authors of this report noticed that responses to demonstrations lacked the energy and thoughtfulness that characterized other activities in the summer institute. So they created a protocol for responding elicited perceptive and thorough responses. The heuristic they developed, called Collaborative Responses to Teaching Demonstrations (CRTD), takes the form of a letter to the person offering the demonstration and includes such sections as "Elements of Best Practices" and "Standards and Benchmarks." This monograph describes the heuristic, or problem-solving, strategy that was developed by the authors to address these goals. Named "Collaborative Responses to Teaching Demonstrations" (CRTD), it is a protocol for generating responses to teaching demonstrations and for making the language used to describe these teaching acts and their anticipated outcomes available for peer review and critique. This monograph first introduces the reader to the Red Cedar Writing Project. It then describes in more detail the problem the authors experienced with responses to teaching demonstrations; provides an overview of the CRTD and a guide for implementing the protocol, including descriptions of the five "lenses" teachers use to develop CRTDs; explains how they managed to implement the protocol without impinging on other important work in the institute; and finally reflects on the strengths and limitations of the CRTD protocol. The following are appended: (1) Prior to the Summer Institute; and (2) One Teacher's Contribution to "The Little Book of Promising Practices."
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA.
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