30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators (2nd Revised edition)

30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators (2nd Revised edition)

By: Stephen S. Kaagan (author)Paperback

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In this invaluable and unique resource, leadership and organizational development expert Stephen S. Kaagan presents a unique guide for educators who enjoy challenging themselves and who hunger for new ideas and a fresh perspective of staff development. It promotes individual and collective learning of all participants as they undertake formal staff development while enhancing the success and performance of the entire educational system.In this Second Edition of Stephen Kaagan's bestselling work, the author adapts his excercises to the classroom. Since the exercises are experiential, by definition they intensify student's emotional connections with course content. Collaborative by design, the exercises, when adapted, can also promote mutual accountability for classroom learning. With students positioned as learning resources for each other, the teacher is better able to mediate learning as well as direct it.

About Author

Stephen S. Kaagan is currently professor of education at Michigan State University. His teaching interests are leadership, organizational analysis, and administrative practice. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and has been honored with several awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain College in Vermont. Before coming to Michigan State University in 1991, Kaagan served as president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), commissioner of education for the State of Vermont (1982-88), and provost at Pratt Institute in New York City (1977-82). He has written extensively on leadership, organizational development, the role of the arts in schooling, and assessment and accountability. Selected publications include Developing Teacher Leaders: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success (with Frank Crowther et al.), Managing Successful School Reform: the Legacy of Chris Argyris (a special edition of the International Journal of Educational Management, co-edited with Frank Crowther), Leadership Games: Experiential Learning for Organizational Development, and Leadership Lessons: From a Life of Character and Purpose in Public Affairs. Kaagan is a charter board member of ArtServe Michigan. In the late 1980s, he served as a member of a distinguished panel on "Making the System Work Better for Poor Kids," a Carnegie Foundation-sponsored project of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Kaagan's experience spans an academic career; wide-ranging service as an advisor to government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions; military experience in the USMC Reserve; extensive travel throughout the world, including mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, Andes, and Cascades; and rugby football refereeing for the US Rugby Football Union.


Acknowledgments About the Author Author's Preface to the Second Edition Part I. The Power of Reflective Exercises for Staff Development Guiding Principles Making the Exception to Current Practice the Rule Committing to Organizational Learning Concepts The Special Contributions of Senge et al. A Personal Approach to Teaching and Consulting Important Caveats Part II. 30 Reflective Exercises Exercises Arranged by Topic and Purpose Mental Markers: Expanding the Boundaries 1. Animal Attributes 2. Ancestors 3. Pushpins 4. Suprise Me 5. E-xplore Assets 6. Instant History 7. Bringing the Outside In 8. Best, Worst 9. What to Keep, What Not 10. Leadership Metaphors Making Mutual Meaning: Reflecting Together 11. Dashing Dual Interview 12. E-xplore Perspectives 13. Snapshots 14. Rotating Pencils 15. Listening for Assumptions 16. Fruits of Silence 17. See 18. Patchwork Perspectives 19. Stakes 20. Vision Sketch Maintaining Momentum: Moving Forward 21. Begin, Begin, Begin 22. Modest Expectations 23. Informed Purpose 24. Beginning at the End 25. Context Map 26. The "View From Downtown" 27. E-xplore by Association 28. Unheard Voices 29. Blame Game 30. Standing Offer Part III. Using Appropriate Exercises Vignette 1: Slowing Down to Speed Up Vignette 2: Deepening the Discourse Vignette 3: Finding Common Ground Vignette 4: Diminishing Divisiveness Concluding Comments Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781412963039
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 120
  • ID: 9781412963039
  • ISBN10: 1412963036
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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