“When I use the word center, I am always referring to a physical set, a distinct physical system, which occupies a certain volume in space, and has a special marked coherence. Even when the center is a social or cultural center, it is still ultimately spatial as well; it occurs in space, and always has a spatial locus,” Christopher Alexander wrote on page 84 of The Phenomenon of Life.
Too often as professional development support staff, we travel to these centers, classrooms, alone. Our experiment over the past year has been to travel in partnership with classroom teachers to different classrooms. We call these observations, partner observations. Continue reading here.
Alexander, Christopher. The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Book 1 - The Phenomenon of Life. Berkeley, CA: CES Publishing, 2001
Sterrett, William and Matthew Hass. “The Power of Two.” Educational Leadership 67 (2009): 78-80.