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What happens next?

You will find suggestions throughout the Working Together section for exchanging critical incidents: 

  • Perhaps you are already working on “Organizing your class for learning and inclusion” and a story related to classroom management emerges. Taking that story further by reflecting on it can help it become a tool for learning and fostering professional growth. 
  • Or perhaps a story emerges about an area you have not yet worked on as part of your mentoring relationship. Let’s say you just came from your English class and are terribly frustrated by the lack of student participation in a discussion of one of your favorite literary works. By using the critical incident exercise, you may decide that “Leading substantial discussions with and among students” will be your next targeted area for your work.

In sum, "critical incidents" apply careful reasoning and reflection to teachers' stories and so help to build considered classroom knowledge--as distinct from unconsidered habit.