Overview (PDF)

Class Anatomies

Group Discussions

Learning Trajectories





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The exhibition and the accompanying overview explore the challenges and possibilities of learning from the practice of teaching by bringing together materials from four web-based representations of teaching in three different arrangements:
  • Class anatomies that document a single class or unit of instruction in the work of a veteran high school English teacher, a veteran teacher educator, and two novice teachers.

  • A study of a specific high leverage practice – the teaching of group discussion – across these four different classroom contexts.

  • Reflections on the learning trajectories of these novice and veteran teachers who are studying their own practice and the practice of other teachers.

These arrangements illustrate some of the aspects of teaching and learning that can be represented using these sites while their juxtaposition also points to aspects that remain unrepresented. 

The four websites that serve as the sources for this exhibition document:

  • One day in Yvonne Hutchinson’s 9th grade classroom in Los Angeles (in 2001) in which she engages her students in a group discussion of A Call to Assembly by Willie Ruff.

  • A unit in Pam Grossman and Christa Compton’s teacher education course “Methods in Secondary English” (in 2003) that uses Hutchinson’s website as a “text” to help them learn how to lead group discussions in their own classrooms.

  • A unit on Othello and a later class in which students discuss Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind that Travis Bristol – a student in Grossman and Compton’s class in 2003 – taught during his second year of teaching in New York City (in 2005-2006).

  • A unit that features the use of literature circles to help students develop a critical perspective in a ninth-grade Humanities course that Emily Venson – another student from Grossman and Compton’s class in 2003 – taught during her third year of teaching in New York City (in spring 2007).

For more, read the full overview (PDF): Learning to look beyond the boundaries of representation:  Using technology to examine teaching (Tom Hatch & Pam Grossman, 2008)