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The Role of the Teacher in Making Sense of Classroom Experiences and Effecting Better Learning

Jim Minstrell

Talaria Inc.

 

A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE

In this chapter, I describe a personal and professional odyssey as I developed from being a teacher alone in my own classroom, to a researcher on students' thinking, to a professional developer of a practical framework for making sense of classroom experiences and designing environments for effecting better learning. No longer alone, I am now a participant in collaborations among teachers, researchers, developers, and policymakers. But, the story starts nearly 40 years ago.

During my first few years of teaching, I focused mostly on what I was doing as a teacher. I carefully crafted my presentations ...

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