Tools for Schools, December 2004/January 2005, Vol. 8, No. 3
Break the in-service habit
By Joan Richardson
About 10 years ago, teachers at my kids’ school spent part of a back-to-school night explaining the new math curriculum to parents. My daughter’s teacher focused on what the district wanted children to learn and parents listened attentively.
What does your community know and believe about teacher learning?
Use the survey on Page 3 with parent groups to stimulate a conversation about their knowledge about teaching and professional learning. The purpose of the discussion is to air parent perspectives on professional development, not to tell parents that their opinions are wrong.
What do you know and believe about teacher learning?
Please circle the response that indicates your views regarding each statement.
Sharing what you have learned
To give teachers the tools they need to talk with parents and other community members about their professional development experiences.
If not a workshop, then what?