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Reflective Practice in Action
80 Reflection Breaks for Busy Teachers


November 2003 | 128 pages | Corwin

No matter how busy your schedule, you can renew and refresh your professional growth by using these reflection breaks!   

Strongly believing that educators should always reflect on their day's work, teacher and writer Thomas S. C. Farrell designed this new book with busy teachers in mind. The 80 reflection breaks featured can be used as individual discussion starters or as part of a comprehensive professional growth plan that is perfect for teachers at all levels. Farrell makes focusing on reflective practice easy by allowing readers to browse through the complete selection of reflective breaks in the table of contents to find their areas of interest and concern.

Each reflection break is set within a context of theory, practice, and strategies in the following areas:

  • Spicing up "routine teaching" and reflection after each class
  • Conducting action research and creating a portfolio
  • Reflecting individually or in groups and setting up guidelines for group reflection
  • Communicating and reflecting effectively and devoting enough time to reflection

Reflective Practice in Action has a versatile format, inviting educators to reflect on their past actions in the classroom, and offering practical suggestions to improve and energize their professional growth, teaching methods, and classroom strategies.

 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction to Reflective Practice
 
2. Why Reflect?
 
3. Preparing Teachers for Reflective Practice
 
4. Getting Started with Reflective Practice
 
5. Providing Opportunities for Reflective Practice
 
6. Group Discussion to Aid Reflective Practice
 
7. Classroom Observation to Aid Reflective Practice
 
8. Journal Writing to Aid Reflective Practice
 
9. Creating a Teaching Portfolio to Aid Reflective Practice
 
10. Generating Topics for Reflection
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"This is an excellent resource that helps seasoned and student teachers alike to reflect individually or as a group at their own paces and at the levels they choose."

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Key features
  • 80 concise Reflection Breaks for new and veteran K-12 teachers
  • Easy to use, jargon-free, and well organized, this guide can help even the busiest teachers find time for reflection.
  • Readers can go directly to each reflective break via a detailed table of contents and searchable index or they can read sequentially for context and background.
  • This is an essential resource for teachers who want to use reflection to improve and re-energize their own practice, and for teachers who are mentoring and supporting teachers in training.
  • All of the reflective breaks in the book have been tested by teachers in authentic settings in the U.S. and overseas.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to Reflective Practice


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