Teacher as a Researcher

this is ONE way to describe...ACTION RESEARCH

Real Life Problems (5c's)
commitment
concern
consideration
collaboration
change

Reflection is how we can describe our work : writing in different ways can lead to better action.

"The discovery is never made; it is always making" (Dewey, 1929, p.76).

Teachers must write for reflection and to make connections with themselves and their students. There must be collaboration between teacher and student.

Organizing Action Research:
writing to renegotiate events in our lives.
Effort to make sense of the past, present and future.

Methodology

OBSERVE AND IDENTIFY

QUESTION AND BRAINSTORM WITH COLLEAGUES

WHICH APPROACH IS MOST APPROPRIATE FOR THE ACTION RESEARCH THAT IS BEING CONDUCTED

DOES NOT NEED TO BE COMPLICATED

NEEDS TO BE IN LOGICAL SEQUENCE AND FOCUS ON THE ISSUE

CONNECTIONS

The way that I make my connections with this chapter on action research is primarily how the process has evolved. I am constantly observing things that are working and not working inside my classroom and in my school community.  WIth the common core we are now required to meet every month to brainstorm about issues, etc..My experience in these meetings have not shown much progress, but more as a time for teachers to vent.  I find this very unproductive and frustrating. I think that this would be a wonderful opportunity to begin collaborating as professionals in our field of education.

CHALLENGE

The information provided in this chapter was clear and gave me insight as to what I need to add for my own action research.  I think that I need to add more reflection and writing before I begin the process.  

CONCEPTS AND CHANGES

I did use a mixed method of methodology, but after reading this chapter I was reminded that I need to research other people's data.  This will help with contributing information on my research and bring clarification to my own data that I collected.

Chapter 2 - rationale and planning

Action Research is a natural part of teaching (2001). please click link above to hear Ken Robinson articulate how teaching is an Art Form....

We need to do all of these to be better teachers!

We need to understand how we learn...to be able to help others learn!

We must be open for reflection of ourselves and continuously observe those around us in the educational world.  We must not lose hope in our system, but be willing to understand when it needs to be changed.

Ask questions, strategies, transform and empower each other...

Chapter 3

A TEACHER'S' WORK BEGINS WITH CONSTANT REFLECTION...

COLLABORATING WITH OTHER TEACHERS AND BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN YOU ARE REFLECTIVE IN YOUR TEACHING.  BEING ABLE TO FORMULATE QUESTIONS THAT ARE OPEN-ENDED CAN HELP YOU.

Formulating Action Research and discovering the HOW, WHAT and WHY

BEING OPEN TO EXAMINING YOUR STUDENTS IDEAS AND HOW THEY LEARN, WILL HELP YOU GAIN INSIGHT AND VISION.

Teachers need the active involvement of their students to be engaged in Action Research.  The research become collaborative and the curriculum comes alive.  If we consider the students as co-researchers in classroom study, curriculum planning and the resulting content become incontrovertibly transformed. (2001)

As the data is collected, it is appropriate to return to the research question.  

TRIANGULATION - intersecting of multiple methods for data collection. (2001)

Teachers need to take what they learn and what they have seen and go back to the participants.  Ask questions, and discuss with others about your research and data.  Discover more, reflect, and analysis your findings.

Chapter 4

Using Technology in our everyday lives has changed the way we teach...

Action Research is now easier to share and reflect with our peers because of technology.

Educators must set the example for their students and collaborate with eachother.

Collaborate online benefits teachers and students

Chapter 5

Continue with collaboration and teacher research

According to the reading, collaboration is like a prism that can be seen from various angles teachers are studying and thinking of their own active roles in creating their own vantage points (2001).

Teachers do not have to be isolated

When teachers begin to collaborate they share work, and begin the process of providing each other with feedback and resources.  We must be open and willing to learn from each other.

1. paired interviewing: Teacher chooses a person with whom to interview and begins to develop trust to ask questions about interest and ideas to improve the classroom.

2. pairing and sharing: Teachers reflect on their utmost concerns and areas of interest within the classroom.

TIme and reflection are an important part of the collaboration among peers; listening and responding to each other is an important factor.

Chapter 6

Action research needs to stay alive in our schools, ideas need to be cultivated in a postive school culture.

Supporting Teachers

We all need encouragement, and support to be effective in the classroom

If we want action research to live in schools we must share our success stories.

Action research is a personal collaboration that should focus on change and improvement.  Encouraging our youth to take action and teachers to help cultivate that enviroment to provide the tools that they need to be successful and empowered.  Professional development helps educators learn and grow.  If we are going to take action we must collaborate our efforts together in our profession.

Chapter 7

Teachers' vision must be clear and meaningful to reach the youth of today.  As educators we must provide opportunities for our students' to be effective and apply their knowledge.  Professional development is necessary in order for us to create better schools in our educational system.

We need to collaborate and have dialogue with our colleagues.

Caring relationships and dialogue with colleagues are essential for supporting teachers' questions and pursing their research (2001).

We need to build each other up in our profession and help to inspire the vision that we have as educators.

Action Reasearch enables us to be heard and change the climate of our schools to be better for our students.