Carl Glickman (email@example.com) is university professor emeritus of education, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. He is a
member of the board of the nonprofit Foxfire Fund, Inc. Carl has written two informative articles on Foxfire Education that can be read by clicking the buttons below.
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The Foxfire approach to teaching and learning is neither a method nor a prescription. The approach marries teacher guidance with student choice as a foundation for better learning. In this way, the first Foxfire classrooms were less about the magazine than they were about choosing to produce one.
Foxfire is an approach to professional development for educators that stresses student choice and accountability for learning. The original Foxfire classroom model injected student choice into the curriculum to enhance the learning experience, reinforce key concepts, and create a shared responsibility for the educational outcome. Working together, teachers and students decide how students want to learn and apply rigorous and ongoing assessment to their progress.
Over time, and as a result of extensive study and research, practicing educators and Foxfire staff have expanded the basic approach to include 10 Foxfire Core Practices for Education.
1. From the beginning, learner choice, design and revision infuse the work teachers and learners do together.
2. The work teachers and learners do together clearly manifests the attributes of the academic disciplines involved, so that those attributes become habits of mind.
3. The work teachers and students do together enables learners to make connections between the classroom work, the surrounding communities, and the world beyond their communities.
4. The teacher serves as facilitator and collaborator.
5. Active learning characterizes classroom activities.
6. The learning process entails imagination and creativity.
7. Classroom work includes peer teaching, small group work, and teamwork.
8. The work of the classroom serves audiences beyond the teacher, thereby evoking the best efforts by the learners and providing feedback for improving subsequent performances.
9. The work teachers and learners do together includes rigorous, ongoing assessment and evaluation.
10. Reflection, an essential activity, takes place at key points throughout the work.
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Foxfire offers a variety of professional development programs for educators through a partnership with Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
The Foxfire Course for Teachers is an in-depth examination of each of the Core Practices and its application in the classroom. During this course, teachers will identify their existing perceptions of the relationships between teachers, learners, and the curriculum. These perceptions will be challenged, and teachers will begin to redefine their own teaching philosophies to include the Core Practices and introduce them into their own teaching practices.
A Taste of Foxfire is a short class offered to familiarize teachers and administrators with the Foxfire approach and determine its appropriateness for their classrooms or schools.
Semester-Length and Residential Summer Sessions (K-12 teachers and college professors) offer continuing education credits. This more intensive study takes place at Piedmont College as well. For further information, contact Hilton Smith, Secondary Education Chair at Piedmont by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 706-778-8500, ext. 1297.
In collaboration with the University of Georgia, Foxfire has extended its outreach to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education, the Russell Library and service units such as the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.