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This cycle of learning includes a sequence of activities that develop novice teachers’ understanding and skill with eliciting and interpreting individual students’ thinking. Novice teachers are introduced to a new practice, prepare to enact it, enact it, and analyze their enactment (McDonald, Kazemi, and Kavanagh, 2013; Lampert et al., 2013).

This unit invites novices to "reverse engineer" a student-led discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird and criminal justice statistics. They analyze and practice the “invisible” work of teaching that supports students to independently facilitate and engage in rich and purposeful literary discussions, with particular attention to English learners. Novice teachers plan, rehearse, revise and enact a discussion-enabling mini-lesson.
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After surfacing their own tacit knowledge of literary norms and routines, novices consider the way they inform work in English language arts and analyze several examples of teachers introducing them to students.
Novices prepare to teach a close reading mini-lesson by carefully examining the content, co-planning the lesson, and engaging in coached rehearsal.
In their field classrooms, novice teachers deliver a close reading mini-lesson, filming it for later analysis.
Novices will analyze their own practice, first identifying features from the decomposition and then comparing their pre-planning predictions to actual student responses.

For more information about the learning cycle

Lampert, M., Franke, M. L., Kazemi, E., Ghousseini, H., Turrou, A. C., Beasley, H., Cunard, A., & Crowe, K. (2013). Keeping it complex: Using rehearsals to support novice teacher learning of ambitious teaching. Journal of Teacher Education, 64(3), 226-243.

McDonald, M., Kazemi, E., & Kavanagh, S. S. (2013). Core practices and pedagogies of teacher education: A call for a common language and collective activity. Journal of Teacher Education64(5), 378-386.

Teacher Education by Design. (2014). University of Washington College of Education.