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0807744689.gif The Facilitator's Book of Questions
Tools for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work

David Allen and Tina Blythe
Foreword by Gene Thompson-Grove
Pub Date: April 2004, 160 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807744689
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"In reading this book, facilitators will expand their repertoire and walk away with ideas and tips for responding to the wide range of facilitation issues that invariably come up in protocols. More importantly, however, the reader will be pushed to think about her stance as a facilitator, as all of the ideas about how to respond are linked to discussions of why one might want to respond in that way."
—From the Foreword by Gene Thompson-Grove

"Insightful and immediately useful, Allen and Blythe's book is a must read for teachers and administrators committed to professional collaboration."
Katherine Simon, Coalition of Essential Schools, author of Moral Questions in the Classroom

"A deep and artful book for educators of all kinds."—David Perkins, Harvard Graduate School of Education, author of King Arthur's Round Table and Smart Schools

"I plan to use this book to guide our faculty in having the kind of conversations about teaching and learning that will ultimately benefit student achievement."—Judi Aronson, School Principal, Brooklyn, New York

This book is an essential tool for facilitators of groups using protocols, or structured conversations, to collaboratively review student and teacher work. A follow-up to Looking Together at Student Work and Assessing Student Learning, this resource considers the purposes for engaging in collaborative review and provides some of the most effective strategies for using protocols to support successful group work.


  • Guidance for using protocols for collaborative assessment of student learning.
  • Frameworks to support facilitators in playing their unique role within the group, including a set of "thinking dispositions" and a range of "moves" facilitators can make at different points in the conversation.
  • An extended discussion of the challenges facilitators face in protocol-guided conversations, such as time constraints, large groups, and participants who are reluctant to engage in protocols.
  • Activities that novice and experienced facilitators can use, individually or in groups, to apply the frameworks and resources provided in this book.

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