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The quantity and pace of current learning agendas for staff development mean that time is seriously limited for teachers to share ideas and concerns about their classroom practices. Eight teachers using a quality learning circle approach show how their learning is enhanced through opportunities for structured, focused and regular talk with one another. This approach demonstrates teacher enthusiasm, commitment, and ownership of very successful learning journeys, using the National Education Monitoring Project reports as the central focus.
Starting out in teaching is "scary" for most new teachers. Here, the practices that beginning teachers found most supportive are highlighted.