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Making teacher collaboration go POP

Most teachers want more time to collaborate with their peers. And while it’s often nice just to get together and catch up, we also want to make the best possible use of our limited precious time together.

On their excellent Transitioning to the Common Core blog, educators from Boston Collegiate Charter School share one approach to making meetings efficient and effective. BCCS uses a “Problem of Practice” protocol—abbreviated POP—to structure discussions around implementation of the standards. Here’s how they describe it:

Every 6 to 8 weeks 3 of the 6 teachers present a problem of practice to the whole group, receive warm and cool feedback, and change an upcoming lesson based on this experience and their own reflection.

The post includes a copy of the protocol and a video that shows it in action. Check it out!


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