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Updated Edition of Bestseller

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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Preface


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