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Primary Voices, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 2002

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Issue Theme: Reflective Learning Communities

  • Message from the Editors

    Katie Wood Ray and Lester L. Laminack

    Abstract: Katie Wood Ray and Lester Laminack introduce the issue, "Reflective Learning Communities." This issue examines the power of reflection to sustain and improve teaching.

    Keywords: Writing, Elementary

  • Reflective Practice and Learning

    Frank Serafini

    Abstract: Argues that it is educators' unwillingness to critically examine their practice, not the inability to use classroom-based assessments, that deters them from gathering information on students and teaching practices. Concludes that as the ability to reflect develops, so must the knowledge base expand to support thinking.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Writing, Reflection, and the Young Child

    Rebecca Willey

    Abstract: Notes that by sharing her ideas and her reflective notebook with her students, the author was able to model for her students. Uses three different learning experiences to promote a reflective stance in her writer's workshop: sharing and discussing quality literature; sharing students' writing in a writer's circle; and holding writing conferences with individual students.

    Keywords: Writing, Elementary

  • Strategic Planning: Recognizing Patterns for Reading Instruction

    Tracy Baker

    Abstract: Describes some dramatic changes in the author's reading instruction, an example of how reflection leads to action in a reflective learning community. Uses her observations to reflect on the reading processes of her young readers and the materials being used to support them as developing readers.

    Keywords: Reading, Elementary

  • Parents as Reflective Partners

    Suzette Youngs

    Abstract: Expands the reflective process into the author's unique learning community to intimately involve parents in their child's learning and academic development. Explores new ways to gather information about her students by inviting parents to become members of her reflective learning community. Describes the benefits and challenges of having parents assume the role of reflective partners in her classroom.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • A Reflection on Reflection

    Pat Smith

    Abstract: Reflects on the articles in this themed issue on reflective practice. Notes that these teacher/authors have been influenced by prior learning, past experience, feelings, attitudes, values, the school constraints on the learning environment, and their own assumptions about teaching. Describes how teachers have formed a learning community to increase awareness of reflective teaching.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Volume 10 Index

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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