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30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators
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30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators

Second Edition


June 2008 | 120 pages | Corwin
In this invaluable and unique resource, leadership and organizational development expert Stephen S. Kaagan presents a unique guide for educators who enjoy challenging themselves and who hunger for new ideas and a fresh perspective of staff development. It promotes individual and collective learning of all participants as they undertake formal staff development while enhancing the success and performance of the entire educational system.In this Second Edition of Stephen Kaagan's bestselling work, the author adapts his excercises to the classroom. Since the exercises are experiential, by definition they intensify student's emotional connections with course content. Collaborative by design, the exercises, when adapted, can also promote mutual accountability for classroom learning. With students positioned as learning resources for each other, the teacher is better able to mediate learning as well as direct it.
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Author's Preface to the Second Edition
 
Part I. The Power of Reflective Exercises for Staff Development
Guiding Principles  
Making the Exception to Current Practice the Rule  
Committing to Organizational Learning Concepts  
The Special Contributions of Senge et al.  
A Personal Approach to Teaching and Consulting  
Important Caveats  
 
Part II. 30 Reflective Exercises
 
Exercises Arranged by Topic and Purpose
Mental Markers: Expanding the Boundaries  
1. Animal Attributes  
2. Ancestors  
3. Pushpins  
4. Suprise Me  
5. E-xplore Assets  
6. Instant History  
7. Bringing the Outside In  
8. Best, Worst  
9. What to Keep, What Not  
10. Leadership Metaphors  
Making Mutual Meaning: Reflecting Together  
11. Dashing Dual Interview  
12. E-xplore Perspectives  
13. Snapshots  
14. Rotating Pencils  
15. Listening for Assumptions  
16. Fruits of Silence  
17. See  
18. Patchwork Perspectives  
19. Stakes  
20. Vision Sketch  
Maintaining Momentum: Moving Forward  
21. Begin, Begin, Begin  
22. Modest Expectations  
23. Informed Purpose  
24. Beginning at the End  
25. Context Map  
26. The "View From Downtown"  
27. E-xplore by Association  
28. Unheard Voices  
29. Blame Game  
30. Standing Offer  
 
Part III. Using Appropriate Exercises
Vignette 1: Slowing Down to Speed Up  
Vignette 2: Deepening the Discourse  
Vignette 3: Finding Common Ground  
Vignette 4: Diminishing Divisiveness  
Concluding Comments  
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"A timely and insightful resource for educators to enhance student learning and to engage themselves in reflective practice."

Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"A dynamic and easy-to-use workbook that employs the powerful tool of reflection to help enhance the effectiveness of staff development. By following the sequence of exercises, educators will be able to enrich the working and learning relationships with school colleagues that are necessary for successful professional development and school improvement."

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Stephen S. Kaagan

Stephen S. Kaagan is currently professor of education at Michigan State University. His teaching interests are leadership, organizational analysis, and administrative practice. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and has been honored with several awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain College in Vermont.Before coming to Michigan State University in 1991, Kaagan served as president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), commissioner of education for the State of... More About Author

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