Process Learning Circles are a superb tool for professional development.
They blend professional development with with powerful personal development. The blend is important because some skills can only be mastered by when people have the right sorts of capacities. For instance, great teaching takes patience, and lots of us need to learn to be more patient.
Each meeting of the Process Learning Circle consists of four phases, each of which focuses on a specific competency.
- Create a good culture of listening, so that everyone is heard and feels heard. Our basic strategy is the ordered sharing.
- See how to introduce new material in a way that blends personal experience AND rigorous thinking. Our basic strategy is Reflective Study.
- Master techniques for the action and the action research that turn intellectual learning into real world competence. Our basic strategy is Commitment to Practice and Action Research.
- Build the foundation for reflective practice as the critical link in sustained professional improvement and personal growth. Our basic strategy is Regrouping.