1. Why Critical Friends?
The Critical Friends have been the catalyst for changes in the teaching, learning, culture, and climate of learning communities in a variety of schools. As a teacher,it is to improve teaching by giving and receiving feedback of members in group. It also improves students’ work by giving and receiving feedback of teachers and friends each other.
2. What’s Critical Friends?
The Critical Friends Group is organized by the National School Reform Faculty and coordinated by the Harmony School Education Center in Bloomington, Indiana. The groups help people involved with schools to work collaboratively in democratic, reflective communities.
3. How Critical Friend works?
The Critical Friends Group process acknowledged the complexity of teaching and provides structures for teacher to improve teaching by giving and receiving feedback. Working together day-to-day learning of all students is crucial to the success of Critical Friends Groups. For example, the group of teachers from various disciplines examined the assignment and the students’ work. They asked questions and made observations, while the presenting teacher sat outside the group and took notes. At the end of class, the science teacher decided that she would improve the assignment rather than abandon it. A language art specialist had help her see the steps she had skipped: assignment, instruction etc.