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For our next two chapters of the book, we are planning to conduct a group conference call for discussion of the chapters.  The call will be on Thursday, June 19th at 1:30 pm EST.  You will need to register for the call in order to participate.  Here is the registration link.


During the call we will use a few questions to get us started but we really want the conversation to flow in a manner that will allow you to reflect on your own teaching and not be so scripted.  We will post questions to think about on Monday, June 16th that we will use to help guide our call. 


If you are unable to make the Thursday, June 19th call, we can plan to schedule another call but we will need 4-5 individuals that will be able to agree on a time and date for the next week of June 23rd-27th. 


Please let me know if you have any problem registering.  I look forward to discussion and growing with you guys on the 19th!

I hope everyone got to finish up the first two chapters of the book.  I think they were a great introduction to get us started.  For the first professional development interaction, we are going to do a post on NAAE Communities of Practice in the NAAE Virtual Book Club group. 

This will be a very simple post that requires you to reflect on your reading and your current and future teaching practices. 


So here is how it will work....

1. Read the two questions below

2. Reflect and then post your answer/reflection for the two questions by commenting on this post

3. Check back and read others reflections during the week

4. Please post your reflection/answers by Friday, June 6th

5. Begin reading Chapters 3 & 4 and preparing for the upcoming group discussions via conference call (more info regarding this coming later this week)


Reflection Questions:


  1. The authors explained that the discovery of the need for the 5 practices came as a result of the “perfect storm,” (pg 7) a series of accountability changes in the Texas school system. What type of  “perfect storm” has occurred to you or your school that has brought the need for change or improvement of the quality of classroom instruction to the surface? Explain.
  2. The author emphasizes the reason why the Fundamental 5 is so incredibly powerful is the synergy that is created when these practices are         executed, as a synchronized routine, at both high frequency and high quality (pg 12). At this point in the book, which of the fundamental 5 do you foresee being the most difficult to execute during every single lesson? Why?

Can't wait to read your responses!