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Educational Methods

University of Pennsylvania

2010

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The Surprise Element: How Allaying Parents' Misconceptions Improves A Teacher's Communicative Process, Rashmi Kumar Jan 2010

The Surprise Element: How Allaying Parents' Misconceptions Improves A Teacher's Communicative Process, Rashmi Kumar

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Challenged by parents' misconceptions about the role of cooperative learning activities in developing their gifted children, a teacher began to mentor the parents. The act of mentoring those parents resulted in the teacher's longer-term professional development: specifically, creating a process of seeking structured feedback from parents and following up through iterative cycles of reflection, appraisal, and revision.

Many teachers can identify a critical learning juncture that has had a notable influence on their learning and professional growth. Often, teachers locate such epiphanies within everyday teaching practices, advanced studies, or opportunities for professional development (Clarke and Hollingsworth 1994, 2002). The ...