Summary:This brief list of prompts is designed to help teachers think about turning teaching demonstrations into professional articles. The prompts could help launch a writing retreat or encourage teachers to move towards publishing their classroom inquiry projects.
- How did you get interested in this topic?
- What is the main idea you want teachers to take away from your demonstration?
- What are the theoretical or conceptual underpinnings for your demonstration?
- What is special or unique about your demonstration?
- Is your demonstration divided into segments? If so, what are the main points for each segment?
- What stories, examples, and evidence do you have to help you make each of your points? What can be extrapolated or inferred from these examples?
- Do you display student work during your demonstration? How does this work connect to the concepts you are presenting?
- What questions have been asked by participants at your demonstrations? What did you learn from the questions or how did they challenge your thinking? How have you answered them?
- How have other teachers used your ideas? What variations have they made on them?
- What changes have you made in your demonstration over time? Why?
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