Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers

Teachers Bringing Out the Best in Teachers

A Guide to Peer Consultation for Administrators and Teachers

Jo Blase


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This guide shares practical strategies for boosting teacher-to-teacher collaboration, learning, and professional development.

Most teachers have experienced some kind of formal mentoring or induction program. But these programs often lack the meaningful daily interaction with peers that builds mutual trust and instructional collaboration. Based on a unique investigative study of nearly 300 teachers, this powerful new resource provides insight and information about informal, naturally occurring, teacher-to-teacher professional development.

These cost-effective, authentic strategies will build camaraderie and improve teacher confidence and motivation. In each chapter of this volume, educators share specific experiences and examples, showing each skill in action. The authors identify the following five teacher behaviors that can positively influence other teachers’ morale, teaching skills, and professional growth:

- Building healthy relationships by communicating, caring, and developing trust

- Using five guiding principles for structuring learning experiences

- Planning and organizing for learning

- Showing and sharing

- Guiding for classroom management