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Into the Classroom: Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

INTO THE CLASSROOM: Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Thomas Hatch. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006. 120 pp. Hardback, $29.00. In this text, author Thomas Hatch encourages teachers to share what they do in the classroom. He asks teachers to open their classroom doors and share, collaborate, and foster leadership and improvement.

Thomas Hatch was a senior scholar with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and presently is co-director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a student of school reform, and this latest contribution continues to promote his dedication to examining the practice of teaching.

Hatch acknowledges the complexity that constitutes instructional practice, comparing everyday teachers to chess players who have to regularly jump into the middle of around 20 or 30 chess games playing simultaneously. Ultimately, the author says, examination of instructional practice can lead to increased respect commensurate with that accorded to architects, bankers, and other professionals.

Into the Classroom: Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is more than a report of how teachers share. The thought-provoking questions closing each chapter are useful in facilitating professional development through discussion. Educators across the ranks could benefit from this study. A forum is presented for professional reflection, with the potential for lasting impact on the status of teaching as a profession. Reviewed by Marlene Breitenbach, Principal, Rio Vista Elementary School, North Hollywood, California.
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Author:Breitenbach, Marlene
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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