Implementing Practice Based PD

Creating Authentic Teaching Simulations


Professional development meetings usually cover just one of a vast number of different domains and teaching skills. But actual teaching involves making a variety of different kinds of teacher decisions all at once. Teachers are going to need practice at navigating that kind of decision making, and putting together all the moves and strategies that you've taught them.

This Mini walks you through a PD practice strategy called The Group of Six. It's a classroom simulation strategy that authentically divides a teacher's attention, and is driven by a teacher coach or instructional dean who provides feedback and modeling for six teachers at a time.

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Additional Resources

“Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes That Stick” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class helps instructional coaches and school leaders practice strategies for coaching teachers to make meaningful, long-lasting improvements in their instruction.

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Implementing Practice-Based PD

Now that you’re a Group of Six expert, watch “Practice-Based PD” to learn about what other forms your professional development practice can take.