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Margie Carter, Wendy Cividanes and Debbie Lebo, of Harvest Resources Associates share their passion and experiences of fostering critical reflection through coaching to shift the focus of professional development from WHAT teachers know to HOW teachers think, learn and grow. They share their approach using protocols , a set of questions, or "Thinking Lens" for reflection and inquiry that help teachers, coaches and organizational leaders uncover and deepen their thinking, values and professional practices.
They discuss the importance of trainers/coaches being a "Critical Friend" using protocols not to 'fix' people but to help them think through their thoughts, practices and the work they do, in the spirit of exploring opportunities and possibilities for making intentional decisions and next steps.
They pose many provocotive questions and conversations such as: "What do teachers and children deserve?" and "How do we ensure that current educational standards and expectations aren't disconnected from the core values, beliefs and meaningful practices of coaches, teachers and children.
NOTE: Their are a few technological problems in this recording, one disturbance happens 15 minutes into the call but only lasts about 2 minutes. The recording continues. Thanks for your patience.
It's good to talk.