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3. Tool: Learning from our successes

Purpose of this tool: This tool helps you and your colleagues to engage in collaborative analyses of cases of successful practice to understand better the conditions, decisions and actions that made them successful so that you can build upon them in the future.

How to use this tool: Prior to the meeting, each group member should write a brief description of significant progress that has been made or a success that has occurred in her or his classroom. (You may want to look at The Self-Assessment Summary to help you think about and write this description). The descriptions should include specific details about the success/progress, the decisions and actions the teacher has made and how they have contributed to the success/progress. The descriptions should also identify other conditions the teacher believes are relevant to the success. Group members share these descriptions and draw out classroom implications from them.


Sharing cases: Members share their descriptions of success or progress with the group.  Participants should take notes on each description during their colleagues’ presentations.

Analysis and discussion: Participants reflect on the successes and offer ideas about why they think the presenters’ decisions and actions contributed to the successes. They also identify the other conditions that they think may have contributed to the successes.

Principles and applications: Using the chart below, the facilitator leads the group in compiling a list of specific successful decisions and behaviors and then identifying the principles that underlie them. The group also generates ideas about how to apply these principles in their classrooms in the future.

Learning from our successes summary

Successful behaviors

Contributing conditions

Principles of practice

Classroom implications






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