December

There is no scheduled Teacher Research meeting this month.

However, I am admiring you from afar as you continue to reflect, adding your thoughts related to your research reading and/or adding information about what you are trying with your students using pen&paper or typing more into your computer file.

If you read that last line and are feeling guilty, don’t. Just agree to make a plan to regularly read up on your topic. Also agree to try things and write about it. Finally, agree to ask your students what they think about what you try.

Be sure to:

  • Date your journal writing entries
  • Regularly reflect – I highly recommend you picking a time to make sure this happens
  • Take pictures of things you are doing
  • Take John Re up on his offer to find an article related to your topic
  • Survey your students – let them tell you what they think!

Looking ahead:

We will meet in January. You have 3 options:
1. Wednesday, January 9, 4pm, Swanson MS, Room 131
2. Saturday, January 12th, 7:30-9:30am, Starbucks Chesterbrook, upstairs
3. Thursday, January 24, 4pm, Discovery ES Co-hort

BRING any data you have collected – surveys, student work, photos, etc.

Have a lovely Winter Holiday!

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November – Casting a Research Question

Agenda
1. Reflection: What are your thoughts about your topic right now. (write for 10 minutes)

2. Try writing your TR question using all three of these stems:
What happens when..?
What is…?
How…?

Which question do you like best? What is your research question as of this moment, this month?

3. Write and share your research questions
Optional: Take a Museum Walk and write ideas on each other’s museum exhibit.

Now ask the others – your critical friends – what they think.
Do they have any questions about your question?
Can they suggest kinds of data to collect?
Can they suggest outside reading by experts related to your topic to read?

4. Things to do this month:
* Search for experts on your topic and read.
* What do others say about your topic?
* How might this review of literature guide you to act in the classroom? Make a plan.
* What will you try? Name it and try it.
* What data will you collect?
Remember – Data is many things. START COLLECTING DATA!
It is student work, student feedback, anecdotal notes while doing student observations.
And don’t forget photos! They are data you can “see”.

5. Ending – 5 minute reflection listing your next steps.

September, 2018

Welcome to a NEW YEAR of Action Teacher Research!!!

Meeting Agenda:

1. Reflect in writing/typing why you choice to join this group.
2. Share out
3. Reading article, looking for confirmation of your thinking AND new ideas:

Action Research – as easy as 1, 2, 3 blog post by David Petrie

4. Discuss article:
* What matches your current thinking?
* What is a new idea?

5. Reflection:
What are your next steps?  Possibilities:
* See what others are saying about your chosen topic?
* Spy on yourself this upcoming month with your chosen topic in mind?
* RELFECT OFTEN!!!

Next Meeting: Saturday, Nov. 3rd at Chesterbrook Starbucks from 7:30-9:30am.
OR Wednesday, NOv. 14th in Room 131 at Swanson MS from 4-6pm.

August

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:

  1. What are your thoughts and/or beliefs about how children learn?
  2. How do your beliefs shape the way you teach?
  3. What are you curious about in teaching?
  4. What are you curious about with regards to the learning of your students?
  5. What do you want to know more about?
  6. What do you want to fix, start, or change?
  7. 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!

 

May

I listened to the Keynote given on April 21st by Ellin Keene and Nell Duke for The Ed Collaborative. It can be heard HERE.  They discussed what research is and ended by encouraging Action Research!!

Agenda:
1. What is the data telling you?

2. What are you finding out?

3. Based on this, what are the implications for the future?

Goal: I’d like to encourage us to SHARE about our Action Research work for an audience. One audience could be APS’s Festival of the Mind. Any other ideas??

April

Agenda:
1. Journaling
What’s your question? Where are you at? What are your next steps?

2. Visualizing
Using the paper and colored pencils, make a visual of your research.

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  1. Sally’s posing the question: What happens when 6th graders experience a Social Issue Book Club?
  2. Kathryn’s posing the question: What is the connection of reading and writing in Kindergarten?
  3. Michelle’s posing the question: How best can she provide Tech Support and PD for her elementary school?

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4. Heather’s posing the question: How best to teach Identity using children’s Lit?
5.  John’s posing the question: How to use digital badging in his library?

3. Share

4. Data Analysis
What patterns do you see? What does the data show? What data is missing?