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The Facilitator's Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work


reviewed by Anita Varrati — 2005

coverTitle: The Facilitator's Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work
Author(s): David Allen and Tina Blythe
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744689, Pages: 160, Year: 2004
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Effective supervision requires the application of skills that assist teachers to grow professionally with an emphasis on student learning. Glickman, Gordon, and Ross-Gordon (2004) maintain that supervision can be applied through a variety of tasks including “direct assistance to teachers, curriculum development, professional development, group development, and action research (p. 9).” The Facilitator’s Book of Questions provides tools suited for groups through the facilitation of protocol-guided conversations about student and teacher work. Because these conversations center on classroom-based problems, this book can be used as a tool to promote action research. Possibly, the most important use of protocol guided conversations is the stimulation of critical reflection. Blasé and Blasé (2004) state that “reflective practice is founded on the assumption that increased awareness of one’s professional performance can result in considerable improvement of performance” (p. 86). Effective supervision must include opportunities for teachers to examine and think about their own practice. The protocol conversation provides an ideal vehicle to stimulate reflection concerning teaching and learning. This... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 333-335
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11375, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 7:59:57 AM

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