At Chase Elementary in Chicago, teachers from PreK to 5th grade meet regularly in grade level teams with the goal of sharing their practice with one another. As they try new instructional strategies, such as Math Talks or Number Talks, they plan together, observe one another live or on video, and reflect with the purpose of improving students’ access to the mathematical content. Routines that provide teachers safe practice with feedback from colleagues is a powerful mechanism for embedded professional development.
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In this planning conversation, a teacher and coach discuss some of their ideas and concerns about a forthcoming lesson. With a coach, she discusses some of her ideas and concerns about the forthcoming lesson.
In this conversation, a teacher reflects on the successes and difficulties of a recent lesson. With a coach, she discusses the successes of the lesson, as well as details to improve on next time.
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