Designing Teacher Study Groups

Designing Teacher Study Groups




Recipe for a Successful Study Group: 6-12 highly motivated teachers; 1 efficient and confident facilitator; 10 inspiring, open-ended questions; and 2 buckets of smiles (laughter optional) Directions: Mix all ingredients. Liberally sprinkle with positive attitude. Enjoy! When you're working with a study group, you're not just having fun. You're furthering your professional development in the best possible way! Research shows that your professional development is best handled by you, with other teachers at your school site, in a cooperative environment of trust and support. Having a forum for the exchange of ideas gives you the power to expand your expertise through observation, discussion and application, and allows you to better meet the needs of your students. This resource shows you how to design a study group that fits your goals and schedules. Learn how to get your study group started—and keep it going—with tips on everything from how to recruit members, what materials to discuss, and how to generate stimulating dialogue. Included are recipes for tasty snacks to keep your colleagues satisfied, on track, and coming back for more! With a variety of flexible group formats and activities to choose from, you're sure to develop a program of creativity and growth that fits your agenda, no matter how hectic your calendar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780929895680
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Maupin House
Pages: 69
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Our Storyix
Birth of the Bookxi
Chapter 1What Are Teacher Study Groups1
Topic Study Group3
Practices Study Group4
Online Study Groups7
Chapter 2Study Group Mania9
Empowered With Ownership9
Rapport, Collaboration, Cooperation, and Friendship11
Meeting the Individual Needs of Teachers12
In-Depth Research on Teaching and Learning14
Chapter 3Getting Started17
Study Group Goal Setting17
Who Will Participate?19
How to Find Resources to Study19
Don't Forget the Fun21
Chapter 4Setting Up Your Study Group26
Choosing Materials to Study27
Setting Up the Ground Rules27
The Leader as Catalyst28
The Social Contract28
Group Size30
Where Should You Meet?32
Chapter 5Conducting Your Study Group35
Who's the Boss?36
Who's the Boss ... This Time?38
Question Stems to Promote Discussion39
First and Last Responder41
Let's Practice What We Read42
Time's Up!43
Chapter 6After the Study Group...What Next?45
Revisit the Book46
Develop a Curriculum47
One Good Study Leads to Another48
Develop a TIP Group50
Hear Ye, Hear Ye51
Share the Wealth52
Cloning Your Group53
Chapter 7Quick Reference Guide to Getting Started55
Getting Started55
Before First Meeting55
What the Facilitator Brings to the Meeting56
What the Participants Bring to the Meeting56
Refreshment Corner57
Book Suggestions for Specific Study Topics57
Chapter 8Great Study Group Munchies68
About the Authors81

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