|How does the database work?|
The Reflective Practice Groups database includes situations and case studies. Situations are issues raised by individual participants during a reflective practice group meeting. Group members select one situation or theme which is fully discussed at the meeting following a defined process. The transcripts of these discussions are the case studies. The situations and case studies are categorized by one of ten descriptors; they are:
1) Curriculum and Teaching - issues about teaching, assessment and classroom management strategies; standards and testing implications; curriculum planning, scope and sequence, textbooks, integration, resources.
2) Parent/Teacher Issue - situations in which teachers feel challenged or questioned by parents.
3) Student Academic Problem - concerns about meeting the unique needs of all learners and providing instruction at appropriate levels.
4) Student Behavior - unsettling situations of inappropriate student behavior that have been difficult to manage.
5) Student/Teacher Issue - problems that develop between an individual student and the teacher.
6) Student/Teacher/Family - situations that develop between home and school around the student.
7) Student-to-Student Conflict - situations that are rooted in conflicts between students.
8) Systemic Policy Issue - situations that reveal unclear policies within school, district and state.
9) Teacher/Colleague Issue - unpleasant situations that develop between teachers, team members, or teachers and administrators.
10) Teacher Role/Responsibility - situations that concern the boundaries and expectations of the teacher's role and responsibilities.
The user may sort the data by year and month, case study, situation, and category.