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ERIC Number: EJ1048069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
The Classroom as Big Sur: Notes on the Liaison Between Evaluation and Professional Growth
Sneeden, Ralph
Independent School, v73 n1 Fall 2013
Bill Frisell's new album ("Big Sur") was heralded with a short documentary about its impulse and inception: Frisell's retreat to an isolated coastal ranch in Central California. In the video, he describes the influence of the place, the dramatic and evocative landscape, and how it ultimately became the subject and theme for the music itself, but even more so, what it provided both spiritually and practically as a reflective space. He is a guitarist who has always taken risks. Commissioned as an individual composition by the Monterey Jazz Festival, Frisell's recent leap was a product of people brainstorming, in his words, a concept as simple as, "…what if we put a musician up in this place… and see what might happen." Author Ralph Sneeden writes in this article that he might be risking a cliche by suggesting that real growth can be initiated by formal process but shouldn't be caged by it. Sneeden sees the expansion of Frisell's original charge beyond the boundaries of the commission as emblematic of the type of growth he admires most in teaching. Although Frisell was alone while writing his music, he was dreaming about it being performed by an ensemble, and Sneeden compares this to teaching. Sneeden, in his role as administrator, shares the idea that teachers, like musicians, outside the solo work of writing self assessments, must collaborate as part of a team effort when it comes to taking charge of their own evaluations. As an administrator, he has learned that evaluation actually meant something, that the elastic nature of the student-centered classroom made conversations about teaching even more compelling, and that the processes of evaluation and professional growth should translate into something more akin to coaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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