This exploration into learning theory will be carried out in a series
of eight weekly workshops. Participants will be invited to reflect on
their own beliefs about learning, and to discover the importance of looking
at learning again and again throughout their teaching careers. Each workshop
will feature a different educator the theory that guides his or her practice.
In addition to interviews with the featured educator, programs will include
video clips of classrooms in which the theories are being practiced, and
discussions about the impact and the outcomes of such practices.
Each of the eight workshops will be two hours in lengtha one-hour
broadcast sandwiched between two 30-minute Site Investigations. These
discussion/activity sessions will introduce and extend the featured learning
theories and provide a forum for participants to discuss their application
in the classroom. Weekly homework assignments will promote continued thinking
between workshops and help participants document their progress throughout
Workshop participants are encouraged to communicate and share ideas with
teachers across the country on the LOOKING AT LEARNING . . . AGAIN, PART
2 interactive Web site. The collective information exchanged via cyberspace
will enrich and extend the weekly workshops, and the opportunity to engage
in discourse with a national community of teachers will greatly enhance
the overall value of the series for all participants.
THE DAY OF EACH WORKSHOP
Site Investigation: GETTING READY
30 minutes of discussion and activity to prepare you for the workshop
60 minutes of video with guest interviews, classroom footage, teacher
panels, and more
Site Investigation: GOING FURTHER
30 minutes of discussion and activity to wrap up the workshop video
an exercise or activity that ties into the previous workshop or prepares
you for the next one
an introduction to the theories of the guest featured in the next workshop
a reflective journal for keeping track of reactions to readings and videotapes,
collecting and reflecting on data, and recording teaching ideas for yourself
a place to go for additional activities, resources, and discussion
We encourage you to register to be matched with a Web Buddy, a colleague
from another site who teaches at your grade level. Web Buddies will work
together throughout the series on Ongoing Activities and other assignments
an opportunity to communicate with other workshop participants via email
To subscribe to Teacher-Talk (the workshop email discussion list) please
Successful Site Investigations
Included in the materials for each workshop you will find detailed
instructions for the content of your Getting Ready and your Going Further
Site Investigations. The following hints are intended to help you and
your colleagues get the most out of these pre- and post-video discussions.
Designate a facilitator.
Each week, one person should be responsible for facilitating the Site
Investigations (or you might select two people one to facilitate
Getting Ready, the other to facilitate Going Further). The facilitator
does not need to be the Site Leader, nor does it need to be the same person(s)
each week. In fact, we recommend that participants rotate the role of
facilitator on a weekly basis.
Review the Site Investigations and bring the necessary materials.
Be sure to read over the Getting Ready and Going Further
sections of your materials before arriving at each workshop. The Site
Investigations will be the most productive if you and your colleagues
come to the workshops prepared for the discussions. The weekly readings
and homework assignments also provide for productive and useful workshop
discussions. A few of the Site Investigations require special materials.
The facilitator should be responsible for bringing these when necessary.
You will need special materials for Workshop 1. As preparation for Workshop
1 read the article "About
Project DESIGNS: Project DESIGNS Goals that Cross All Modules," by
Record your discussions.
We recommend that someone take notes during each Site Investigation, or
even better, that you make an audiotape recording of the discussions each
week. These notes and/or audiotape can serve as "make-up" materials
in case anyone misses a workshop.
Share your discussions on the Internet.
The Site Investigations are merely a starting point. We encourage you
to continue your discussions with participants from other sites on the
discussion area of the Web site and on Teacher-Talk, the workshop email