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.