The School Buddy System: The Practice of Collaboration

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American Library Association, 2003 - Education - 149 pages
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Collaboration is a buzzword that often gets more lip service than actual practice. Librarian, award-winning, collaborator, and researcher Gail Bush brings the concept to life by outlining tangible steps you can take to inspire collaboration among librarians, teachers, administrators, and all team players involved in K-12 education. The School Buddy System shows you how to dive in head-first and come out with a truly collaborative learning environment where the goal is student success. Building on existing educational standards, such as the International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Standards, this innovative book is packed with proven tools including: - A ready-to-use framework for setting up a collaborative relationship - 40 discussion prompts that will help initiate discussion and lively debate - Common characteristics for establishing a collaborative mindset - Background research that will define the current climate - Thought-provoking quotes from education scholars and practitioners that help you step into the shoes of other team players If you're involved in K-12 education, whether as librarian,
 

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Contents

Educator Collaboration Today
1
Definitions of Collaboration
2
Constructing Collaboratively
4
Creating Collaboratively
6
Collaboration in Context
9
Collaboration Studies
10
A Balanced View of Collaboration
11
Leadership in Collaborative Models
15
From PDS to BRT
54
A Collaborative MindSet
57
Metacognition
58
Mindfulness
59
Critical Thinking
62
Creative Thinking
64
Habits of Mind
66
Social Justice
68

The Teaching Profession
18
The Culture of Teaching
19
Teacher Education
25
Societal Influences on Education
32
Teaching and Learning
37
Thinking
38
Social Learning
40
Constructivism
43
The Professional Community
47
TeacherActionInsiderPractitioner Research
48
Communities of ScholarTeachers
50
Professional Development
52
JobEmbedded Learning
53
Educator Collaboration A Framework and Reflections
71
Why Are We Discussing Collaboration in the Schools?
72
Framework of Educator Collaboration
74
Framework Reflections
81
The School Buddy System
85
What Then Is at Issue?
86
Lesson Study Jugyou Kenkyuu
88
Just One Piece of the Puzzle
91
The School Buddy System
93
Conversation Prompts
95
Bibliography
129
Index
141
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About the author (2003)

Gail Bush, PhD, is professor in the reading and language department, director of the Center for Teaching through Children's Books, and director of the School Library Program at National-Louis University in Chicago, IL.

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