Along with 3 club members, I am getting ready to present at the Arlington County Festival of the Minds on August 21st at 12:30-3:30pm. This is the culmination of our 2017-2018 Teacher Research. It is our final step – to share our findings publicly so others may learn from us.
Here’s the link to our presentation (I’ll add it once it is complete!)
Because it is August, it is also a great time to be thinking about our NEXT research topic. WHAT topic will you spend the school year focused on as a Teacher Researcher?
Questions to answer which may help you discover your topic:
- What are your thoughts and/or beliefs about how children learn?
- How do your beliefs shape the way you teach?
- What are you curious about in teaching?
- What are you curious about with regards to the learning of your students?
- What do you want to know more about?
- What do you want to fix, start, or change?
- What do you already do really well? (By researching this, you could systematically document what is working. Your topic doesn’t have to be something to add or fix.)
I highly recommend getting a journal or opening an electronic file and jotting/typing down your ideas to these questions. Reflecting is a big part of being a Teacher Researchers so start now. Begin to brainstorm possible topics to research further this school year.
Looking Ahead: By the first October meeting, have an idea of a specific area of inquiry. It is YOUR choice so pick the area that interests you the most. Also, start noticing what others in the education world are saying about this area/topic. Bring all your ideas to the October Club meeting.
Have a GREAT start to your school year.
I hope we meet at a club meeting in October!