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Habits of Heart, Mind, and Practice in the Engaged Classroom

Date: May 10, 2012

Summary: This episode features Bob Fecho, director of the Red Clay Writing Project, and Ian Altman, Paige Cole, Angela Dean, and Lisa Hall—all Red Clay Writing Project teacher-consultants. We talk with them about dialogic teaching—what it is and how teachers can move toward more reflective teaching practices—as well as about the role of writing projects in this work.

 

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Bob Fecho, director of the Red Clay Writing Project, discusses "transactional" teaching:

...where things occur that cause mutual shaping, that change you because you're part of it and that they are not very predictable as to what's going to happen in that shaping and changing; a lot of that shaping and changing is based upon your experience. So when we talk about transactions, they're happening always in your classroom—you can't stop them from happening. So what I suggest is teachers should do is to try and take advantage of the fact that they're going on there.

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