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Promoting Reflective Thinking in Teachers
50 Action Strategies

Second Edition


July 2005 | 272 pages | Corwin
`This book is very thorough in presenting the purpose and accompanying strategies for instilling reflective practices in educators. I believe the reflective thoughts and questions posed throughout are beneficial for teachers' - Karen Harvey, Santa Clarita Valley Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)

This Second Edition integrates the latest research and technology with tried-and-true methods for boosting practitioners' reflective thinking skills. The tasks and tools provided have been specifically designed for facilitators of pre-service and inservice teacher education, training, and development-giving them a timesaving blueprint on how to shape their adult learners into analytical and critical thinkers.

Attuned to the challenges surrounding teacher training, this easy-to-use guide outlines straightforward activities and concrete assessments that serve as constructive benchmarks for facilitators and teachers alike. It delivers 50 practical strategies for helping educators move through the levels of reflective thinking - from teacher roles, styles, attributes, and observations through such far-reaching concerns as the moral and ethical considerations of teaching.

 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: Becoming a Reflective Teacher
Modes of Reflective Thinking  
The Process Approach  
Techniques for Facilitating Reflective Activities  
Brainstorming  
Consensus Building  
Buzz Groups  
Role-Playing  
Questioning  
Activities for Introducing Reflective Thinking to Practitioners  
Task 1: Finding a Definition  
Task 2: The Reflective Thinking Process  
Task 3: Gardening Puzzle  
Task 4: Roll On  
Task 5: Designing a Classroom  
Task 6: Logic Lure  
Preparing a Plan of Action for Enhancing Reflective Thinking  
 
Chapter 2: Assessing Reflective Thinking
Task 7: Atribute Clarification  
Task 8: Card Sort: Reflective Thinking Attributes  
 
Chapter 3: Practicing Observational Learning
The Observation Process  
Reflective Activities  
Task 9: Categorization of Observations  
Task 10: Compliance With Classroom Rules  
Task 11: Observing Effective Questioning  
Task 12: Observing Classroom Management Styles  
Task 13: Belief Systems: Their Role in Observational Learning  
Task 14: Interpreting Change  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
 
Chapter 4: Writing Reflective Journals
The Use of Reflective Journals  
Reflective Activities  
Task 15: Task Formatting a Journal Entry  
Task 16: Journaling the Reflective Thinking Process  
Task 17: A Comparison of the Use of Journaling to an Observational Checklist  
Task 18: A Comparison of Observations With the Use of a Journaling Format to Observations Without the Use of a Journaling Format  
Task 19: Open-Ended Journaling  
Task 20: Rights and Responsibilities  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
 
Chapter 5: Using Practicum Strategies
The Microteaching Process  
Reflective Teaching  
Reflective Activities  
Task 21: The Anxiety Task  
Task 22: Lines of Symmetry Task  
Task 23: Effective Teaching Rubric  
Task 24: Effective Teaching to Peers  
Task 25: Inclusion: Teaching Effectiveness  
Task 26: Effective Teaching of Peers  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
 
Chapter 6: Narrative Reflection
 
Autobiographical Sketches
Case Studies  
Study Circles  
Reflective Activities  
Task 27: Using Case Study for Problem Resolution  
Task 28: Using Autobiographical Sketches to Evaluate Beliefs Regarding Teacher Roles  
Task 29: Writing a Case Study for Problem Resolution  
Task 30: The Three Pigs, the Wolf, and Effective Teaching  
Task 31: Chew and Chat  
Task 32: Using Autobiographical Sketches to Evaluate Beliefs Regarding Classroom Management Styles  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
 
Chapter 7: Creating Mental Models
The Process of Using Metaphors for Reflective Thinking  
The Process of Using Repertory Grids  
Reflective Activities  
Task 33: Using Metaphors to Explore Teacher Roles  
Task 34: Using Repertory Grids to Explore Instructional Practices  
Task 35: Using Metaphors to Explore Classroom Management Styles  
Task 36: Using Repertory Grids to Explore Practitioner Traits  
Task 37: Using Metaphors to Explore Perceptions of School Climate  
Task 38: Using REpertory Grids to Explore Classroom Climate  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
 
Journaling Reflective Growth
 
Chapter 8: Promoting Reflective Thinking Through Action Research
Reflective Activities  
Task 39: Preparing for Action Research: Selecting a Question  
Task 40: Research for Self-Improvement  
Task 41: Collaborative Action Research  
Task 42: Textbook Analysis  
Task 43: Action Research: Ethical, Moral, or Sociopolitical Issues  
Task 44: Action Research: Parent and Community Involvement  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
References  
 
Chapter 9: Technology as a Tool for Building Learning Communitites
Study Groups  
Portfolio Development  
Reflective Activities  
Task 45: Video as an Observational Tool  
Task 46: Reflecting on the Value of Internet Resources  
Task 47: Learning Communities to Promote Reflection  
Task 48: Linking Electronic Portfolios to Reflective Writing  
Task 49: Onlne Peer Mentoring  
Task 50: Technology to Support the Learning Community  
Reflective Questions  
Action Assignments  
Suggestions for Success  
Journaling Reflective Growth  
 
Preface

“This book is very thorough in presenting the purpose and accompanying strategies for instilling reflective practices in educators. I believe the reflective thoughts and questions posed throughout are beneficial for teachers."

Karen Harvey, Induction Program Coordinator
Santa Clarita Valley Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)

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Preface


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