ERIC Number: EJ1002241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Reference Count: 10
3 Steps, 1 Goal: Teacher Teams Boost Math Instruction Using 3-Part Learning Design
Mistretta, Regina M.
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n6 p60-63 Dec 2012
Teacher education and professional development prepare teachers with up-to-date knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective teaching. To sustain this, however, hinges on continued professional learning within schools. Research shows that establishing long-term conditions that allow teachers to learn continuously from one another within schools is among the most effective ways to support teacher learning (Heck, Banilower, Weiss, & Rosenberg, 2008). At a private school in metropolitan New York City, eight pre-K through 8th-grade teachers have the chance to do just that by participating in monthly professional learning focused on improving math instruction. The program engages multilevel teacher groups in three steps: brief, observe, and debrief. Using this framework, the school supports teacher learning about reform-based instructional practices, including content development across grade levels.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Inservice Teacher Education, Improvement Programs, Teacher Improvement, Curriculum Development, Instructional Development, Teamwork, Training Methods, Training Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8
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