So you and your colleagues have a burning issue you'd like to look at. Or maybe there are some school-related readings you've been meaning to catch up on, and would, if only you could find some like-minded people to read with. What ís happening in your schools that you would like to read, think, write about with your fellow educators? Brenda Miller Power has the following tips for you to consider:
Setting Up After-School Inquiry Group Meetings
Don't forget the writing. Not as homework — see how fast your group dwindles then! — but for thinking. Use it to start your meetings, to respond to texts, to write notes to each other in all the varied ways you know as teachers to invite people to think a bit before they start to talk, to allow that space and time to gather ideas and set them down, to make sure everyone has a chance to attend to a personal, quiet voice. And maybe, incidentally, to model the infinite variety of ways writing can be used in our classes. From: Mills, Heidi, et al. When Teachers Have Time to Talk: The Value of Curricular Conversations.
Language Arts 79.1 (September 2001): 20-28