Sharing Our Craft of Teaching through Collaborative Peer Conversation

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Reflective Peer Facilitation: Crafting Collaborative Self-Assessment in Teaching

Dale VidmarInformation Literacy and Instruction LibrarianSouthern Oregon University Libraryvidmar@sou.edu

http://padlet.com/vidmar/9rb86dydyp74 http://webpages.sou.edu/~vidmar/tpc2014/vidmar.pptx

Sharing Our Craft of Teaching through Collaborative Peer ConversationTeaching Professor Conference 2014Boston, MassachusettsJune 1, 2014Lets Talk About It:1The Existential ConversationWhy are We Here?Structure a collaborative peer conversation with a colleague using sample questions.Differentiate formative on-going, collaborative assessment vs. summative periodic, high stakes evaluation activities.Improve individual teaching practice by engaging in a personal formative assessment cycle of intention, action, and reflection.Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to: The JourneyCollaborative Peer Conversation - self-actualization/teacher integral - centers on colleagues - formative on-going processReflective Peer Coaching - self-actualization/teacher integral - the word coach was confusing Cognitive Coaching (Costa and Garmston) - coach is integralquestioning techniqueCollaborative TeachingTraditionally, in academic life both teaching and research have been individual pursuits.

If universities want continuous improvement then there needs to be a space for sharing practices, so that individual innovators can share and learn with others.

- Atkinson & Bolt (2010)4Collaborative TeachingPeer and collegial approaches to teaching, all too often, takes the form of mentor/mentee, observer/instructor, or coach/understudy using checklists and comment sheets with the result being more of a peer review or evaluation. 5Critical ReflectionThe goal of critically reflective teachers is to increase awareness of their teaching from as many different vantage points as possible.

- Stephen Brookfield (1995)6The Intentional TeacherA primary characteristic of an outstanding teacher is intentionality

Having a purpose with which to cultivate informed reflection.7Collaborative Peer ConversationA formative process that facilitates introspection and self-awareness prior to, during, and after teaching.8Summative Evaluation (sporadic, high stakes, judgmental great teacher or good job)

Formative Assessment (continuous, introspective, self-improvement, growth)vs.

Levels of Reflection (Schn) Knowing in action - thinking about teaching is embedded in the act of doinginforms intention Reflection in action teaching is informed by interpretation of the immediate situation during teaching without stopping Reflection on action - thinking afterwards about what happened while teachingWhy Reflection?Reflective practice is also an integral part of evaluating ones own teaching performance and preparation, learner outcomes, and the ability to promote learning, social interaction, and self-actualization in students - Thorsen & Devore (2013)11Collaborative Peer ConversationTeacher: Introspection Observer:Moderates the process and takes notesFacilitator:Elicits critical reflection Trust & Collegiality12The Role of FacilitatorFacilitators actively listen without judgment and encourage instructors to think about and explore their teaching practice.13Lets try a planning conference Team up in pairs. Decide your role: teacher or facilitator. Think of a class that you will be teaching. Use the pre-conference planning questions as a guide to interview your teaching partner. Collaborative Peer ConversationIntention: Planning conference Classroom Experience Reflection:Reflective Conference Critical Incidents: Transformative Events15Lets try a reflective conference Team up in pairs. Decide your role: teacher or facilitator. Think of a class that you have taught. Use the reflective post-conference questions as a guide to interview your teaching partner. The Cycle of Reflection What am I doing? Why am I doing what I do? Is what I am doing effective? How are students responding to my teaching? How can I improve what I am doing?17References and Resources Atkinson, D. J., & Bolt, S. (2010). Using teaching observations to reflect upon and improve teaching practice in higher education. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(3), 1-19. Retrieved from ERIC Angelo, T. (1993), Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for teachers, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. Brookfield, S. D. (1995). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Costa, A. & Garmston, R. (1994). Cognitive coaching: a foundation for renaissance schools. Norwood, MA: Christopher Gordon. Jacobs, H. M. (2008). Information literacy and reflective pedagogical praxis. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(3), 256-262. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2008.03 18References and Resources Macdonald, K. (2009). Out of the boot camp and into the chrysalis: a reflective practice case study. The Australian Library Journal, 58(1), 17-27. Retrieved from http://alia.org.au/publishing/alj/58/ALJ_Feb2009_Vol58_N1_web.pdf#page=18 Schn, D. (1987), Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. Thorsen, C. A., & Devore, S. (2013). Analyzing reflection on/for action: A new approach. Reflective Practice, 14(1), 88-103. doi:10.1080/14623943.2012.732948 Vidmar, D. J. (2006). Reflective peer coaching: Crafting collaborative self-assessment in teaching. Research Strategies. 20(3), 135-148. Vidmar, D. J. (2012, May). Collaborative Peer Conversation Questioning Strategies. Retrieved from http://webpages.sou.edu/~vidmar/conversation/cpc-questions-2012.doc.19Dale VidmarInformation Literacy and Instruction LibrarianSouthern Oregon University Libraryvidmar@sou.edu

http://padlet.com/vidmar/9rb86dydyp74 http://webpages.sou.edu/~vidmar/tpc2014/vidmar.pptx

Sharing Our Craft of Teaching through Collaborative Peer ConversationTeaching Professor Conference 2014Boston, MassachusettsJune 1, 2014Lets Talk About It:20

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