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In order to write a review about “Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School”, I have tried to go through the main concepts of the book following a logical structure.
Capital Idea –> Teach like a Pro –> Investment –> Enact Change
- Where are we going?
CAPITAL IDEA: Professional Capital
Everything starts from the basic idea of the capital. Capital relates to one's own or a group's worth. In educational terms the wonder here would be: How do we invest in people and get returns for those investments? There are two ways of answering this question:
•Business Capital: “Hunt for talented individuals, work them hard and move them when they get restless or become spent”.
•Professional Capital: Invest in professional work, capacity and effectiveness in order to improve teacher's and teaching quality.
The authors consider professional capital as key principle in order to improve the educational system nowadays. This way they reject the view of schools as a big new markets where investing for curriculum, technology and testing materials define the system. In contrast, they foster a professional capital which integrates and develops individual talent, teamwork and the ability to take discretionary decisions. In another words, human, social and decisional capitals.
TEACH LIKE A PRO
Therefore in order to get a real and long-term change in education, professional capital is defined as the basis in this scheme. When applying this kind of capital in reality, it may have several consequences in the teaching and learning processes. Actually, bearing in mind the main foundations of this approach it appears to be necessary to come up with a new teaching way: Teach like a pro. Teach like a pro involves several actions “is a personal commitment to rigorous training, continuous learning, collegial feedback, respect for evidence, responsiveness to parents, striving for excellence, and going far beyond the requirements of any written contract”.
- Where should we focus our attention?
In this point, we know where we are going. In fact, the key principle or basis is defined and the teaching method is determined as well. However, where do we need to invest our money/time/energy in order to teach like pro? Where do we need to focus our attention?
•Capability: To have the required attributes for performance and accomplishment.
•Commitment: Good leadership and colleagues help sustain commitment.
•Culture: Culture is about what does together and what should be kept apart. Traditional, unquestioned and arbitrary nature.
These ingredients need to be taken into account to cultivate high quality teachers and create an appropriate atmosphere in order to perform like a pro. Teachers, school leaders, governments… should be responsible of developing these features, without forgetting each teacher's task starts with their selves.
- How do we get there?
ENACT THE CHANGE
1.Define the key principle and teaching method
2.Specify the main features to be taken into account in order to foster the change
3. The change will be enabled when specifying actions and guidelines in different levels and applying them in reality
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Where does Professional Capital rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is my first audiobook and listening to this book is a good first experience and I think I rather have this, rather than a book to read.
What did you like best about this story?
I love the story since it gives the power to enrich the Teaching profession.
Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?
All of them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it talks a lot of different sittings.
Any additional comments?
I am very please to read this audiobook. All I want is to share it with other teachers as well. Thank you!
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