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30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators

Second Edition


June 2008 | 120 pages | Corwin

"A timely and insightful resource to help educators enhance student learning and to engage themselves in reflective practice."
—Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"A dynamic and easy-to-use workbook that employs the powerful tool of reflection to help enhance the effectiveness of staff development. Through a sequence of exercises, educators can enrich the working and learning relationships with school colleagues that lead to successful professional development and school improvement."
—Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Promote individual and collective learning with powerful reflective exercises for staff development!

With the new edition of this best-selling book, leadership and organizational development specialist Stephen S. Kaagan provides a highly focused and practical resource that helps educators improve their professional practices for the benefit of students. 30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators, Second Edition demonstrates how educators can use the power of reflection to stimulate new ideas, consider creative perspectives, and promote improved teaching and learning.

The author provides innovative ways of enriching regular events such as staff meetings, school improvement team sessions, site-based management meetings, and curriculum planning sessions. The second edition presents 30 engaging, reflective exercises and features:

  • A fresh, reader-friendly introduction to the power of reflective exercises for professional growth
  • New questions for individual and group reflection that focus on classroom instruction
  • A new section on asking thoughtful debriefing questions to help participants engage in deeper learning and understanding
  • A revised section showing facilitators how to use the exercises effectively with participants

As a tool for professional improvement, this revised edition is ideal for teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff developers.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Author's Preface to the Second Edition
 
Part I. The Power of Reflective Exercises for Staff Development
Guiding Principles

 
Making the Exception to Current Practice the Rule

 
Committing to Organizational Learning Concepts

 
The Special Contributions of Senge et al.

 
A Personal Approach to Teaching and Consulting

 
Important Caveats

 
 
Part II. 30 Reflective Exercises
 
Exercises Arranged by Topic and Purpose
Mental Markers: Expanding the Boundaries

 
1. Animal Attributes

 
2. Ancestors

 
3. Pushpins

 
4. Suprise Me

 
5. E-xplore Assets

 
6. Instant History

 
7. Bringing the Outside In

 
8. Best, Worst

 
9. What to Keep, What Not

 
10. Leadership Metaphors

 
Making Mutual Meaning: Reflecting Together

 
11. Dashing Dual Interview

 
12. E-xplore Perspectives

 
13. Snapshots

 
14. Rotating Pencils

 
15. Listening for Assumptions

 
16. Fruits of Silence

 
17. See

 
18. Patchwork Perspectives

 
19. Stakes

 
20. Vision Sketch

 
Maintaining Momentum: Moving Forward

 
21. Begin, Begin, Begin

 
22. Modest Expectations

 
23. Informed Purpose

 
24. Beginning at the End

 
25. Context Map

 
26. The "View From Downtown"

 
27. E-xplore by Association

 
28. Unheard Voices

 
29. Blame Game

 
30. Standing Offer

 
 
Part III. Using Appropriate Exercises
Vignette 1: Slowing Down to Speed Up

 
Vignette 2: Deepening the Discourse

 
Vignette 3: Finding Common Ground

 
Vignette 4: Diminishing Divisiveness

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"A timely and insightful resource for educators to enhance student learning and to engage themselves in reflective practice."

Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"A dynamic and easy-to-use workbook that employs the powerful tool of reflection to help enhance the effectiveness of staff development. By following the sequence of exercises, educators will be able to enrich the working and learning relationships with school colleagues that are necessary for successful professional development and school improvement."

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals
Key features
  • All of the exercises are collaborative and foster team building and learning in the context of a professional learning community
  • Set-up for each exercise is easy and inexpensive, many needing no props at all
  • Each exercise can be accomplished in less than an hour and  some can be done in 30 minutes
  • Exercises are ideal for staff meetings, school improvement team sessions, curriculum planning sessions, and site based management meetings
  • Reflective questions accompany each exercise and promote professional learning in individual or group settings
  • Section III shows group facilitators how to use the exercises—including how to use your intuition, how to determine the character of a group, and how to ask good debriefing questions—and offers vignettes that demonstrate each key point

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