Week 5: Arlyn Burning Questions

Colloquium: "Case study of a community of practice"
Wednesday, March 26, 2003

9:30 am to 11:15 am, (14:30-16:15 GMT)
Baltimore Convention Center Room 306
event number #4101 at the TESOL 2003 Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

How Participation in a CoP Informs and Influences Personal Teaching?

My Answers to Arlyn's

"Burning" Questions: 1 , 2, 3, and Questions: 5, & 6!

  1. Have you evidenced concrete results from CoP participation? What practical skills (if any) have been acquired?
  2. How has this skill acquisition effected your professional development? Your classroom instruction?
  3. Have these new skills resulted in changes in teaching philosophy as well as methodology? Explain.
  4. Or do you feel that your participation in this CoP has been limited to theoretical advances? If so, please explore this idea: Was this a limitation due to personal choice or financial/equipment considerations?
    Whether it be theoretical, practical or both --

  5. what do you consider the greatest advantage of CoP membership?
  6. What are the practicalities/impracticalities of CoP for you? How can CoPs be improved for maximum benefit?