Teacher Lore and Professional Development for School Reform

Synopsis

The power of teacher lore--the stories of teachers and students in the classroom--is the starting place for real reform in education. This book begins with a careful explanation of the history and theoretical foundation that shape the context for teacher lore. A rich collection follows of stories by teachers nationwide--kindergarten through college--in a variety of disciplines. Each story concludes with the author's reflection on important issues imbedded in the writing connected to the daily challenges of teaching. The authors apply teacher lore to current theories and research on change and staff development, include strategies for using teacher lore in professional development, conclude with suggestions for further readings and study.