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Enabling Communities and Collaborative Responses to Teaching Demonstrations

By: Janet A. Swenson, Diana Mitchell
Publication: National Writing Project at Work
Date: 2006

Summary: The authors created a summer institute protocol for responding collaboratively to the teacher demonstrations in the form of letters. This innovation elicited perceptive and thorough responses.

 

Demonstrations are a mainstay of summer institutes, but Janet Swenson and Diana Mitchell noticed that responses to demonstrations lacked the energy and thoughtfulness that characterized other activities in the summer institute. So they created a protocol for responding that elicited perceptive and thorough responses. The heuristic they developed, called Collaborative Responses to Teaching Demonstrations (CRTD), takes the form of a letter to the person offering the demonstration and includes such sections as "Elements of Best Practices" and "Standards and Benchmarks."

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