Classroom Action Research


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Classroom Action Research

  1. 1. CNS ICT PD Cluster Taking the time to reflect critically on the things we are doing in our classrooms is perhaps the most effective thing we can do to ensure that what we are doing is having the desired outcomes, and is changing our practice in the ways we want it to.quot; (Wenmoth, 2007) Classroom Action Research 2007
  2. 2. No two reports will look the same and will reflect the individual teacher their context and question. This is your story and the way it is presented and organised is up to you. You will have the opportunity to share findings with colleagues and schools through cluster shares and our Intranet. It is also hope that some teachers will be prepared to share at a cluster and ICT PD Network level through conferences and online forums. Action Plan - Your action plan will for part of your reporting your as it not only clarifies the process for you but also contextualises your inquiry, findings and reflections. Reflection - Allocate regular time to reflect as you work through the process in your journal or blog etc. Where it is at all possible please have your feedback in an electronic format eg: photos, documents, online, video and audio recordings Set up a folder on your computer to save your information including examples of student work, photos, resources as you go.
  3. 3. Rationale So we can start where we are at in terms of our own confidence and with what interests us as teachers. To enable teachers to engage as a learner and recognise that our professional learning often needs a formal structure in order to develop. To be challenged in our development as teachers. To have time to talk with colleagues about teaching and connect teachers in different roles across the school, cluster and ICT PD network. To construct new knowledge and opportunities for teacher professional learning.
  4. 4. The Process 1.Developing a Question Something you are interested in and is important to you and that could benefit you, your students or colleagues. 2.Action Plan This may include a new strategy to address your question or a focus on an existing practice. Identify which it will be and an appropriate timeline and what support you will need. 3.Data Collection Identify what data you should try and collect to answer your question and how you will collect this. What information and resources are available to you that might support your question and interpret your data from multiple perspectives? 4.Data Analysis What can you learn from the data? What patterns, insights, and new understandings can you find? What meaning do these patterns, insights, and new understandings have for your practice and for your students? 5.Future Action What changes might you make as a result of your research? What recommendations would you make for others?
  5. 5. Developing a Question Choose a question you don’t have the answer to. What do you want to learn more about? Rather than a yes/no question develop questions that focus on finding explanations, reasons for, why and how something occurs e.g. quot;How does...?quot;, quot;What happens when...?quot; Use everyday language and keep your question concise. It doesn't have to include everything you're thinking. Keep it manageable within the context of your work and close to your own practice What is your passion? Something you are really interested in, curious about, want to change or try in your classroom. Your question should be meaningful and challenge you. Does it provide you with a deeper understanding of the topic? Does your question lead to other questions?
  6. 6. Examples How can pod casting enhance literacy learning for reluctant readers in my classroom? What are effective strategies for integrating learning objects into my numeracy programme? How can the data projector best be used to enrich learning experiences in my classroom? How could students use wikis to support collaborative inquiry? How would students respond to recording examples of their learning in an ePortfolio. Would developing an online learning centre for my class make a difference to students accessing resource to support their learning I want to learn more about how [xxxx] can support student learning in [xxxx]
  7. 7. Reporting Back No two reports will look the same and will reflect the individual teacher, their context and question. This is the teacher’s story and the way it is presented and organised is up to them. Teachers will have the opportunity to share their findings with colleagues and schools. It is also hoped that some teachers will be prepared to share at a cluster and ICT PD Network level through conferences and online forums.
  8. 8. Ideas to include Name and background information, school, level Your question and why you selected it. You might include a statement about why this is important to you and your educational philosophy if relative. How you collected and organised data and the results. Dates, themes etc List of references if you used any. Feedback on challenges at any stage of the process Changes you've gone through during the process including insights. Conclusions – what have you found out and your interpretations Reflections on assumptions that you might have made prior to or during the study Feelings, intuitions not encountered in the study Future directions: What recommendations would you make to colleagues? Have you formulated new questions? Do you have any ideas for implementing change in your practice? Reflection on the action research process that is separate from the topic
  9. 9. Collecting Data This data could be quantitative (e.g. test and survey results) or qualitative (e.g. observations or class discussions). Start with data that you already have, such as student work, test results, teacher evaluations and observations If more information is needed, chose data that is fairly easy to collect and analyse.
  10. 10. Ideas for collecting data Interviews - parents, students, teachers Student work - portfolios, presentations, discussions, journals Teacher reflections - evaluations, professional discussions, journals Student and teacher discussions, recorded comments and responses Questionnaires of attitudes, opinions, preferences and information Recordings, readings, lectures and other professional learning experiences Video and audio recordings Still photography Observations over a set time - day, week, term
  11. 11. Coaching Partnerships Teachers are encouraged to work with a partner to provide support throughout the process Teams may decide to work on the same question e.g. What is an effective format for developing ePortfolios as evidence of student learning Coaching skills will be used to support coaches as critical friends to help keep partners focused and moving towards achieving their goals (Robertson, 2005)
  12. 12. Facilitator Initial session: This will be a 1/2 day session with the partners Question and Action Plan will be developed along with identified support from the facilitator and any other sources. Opportunities for classroom observation and visits. Facilitator can attend team meetings where required to support the process.
  13. 13. Administration of facilitator sessions. There will be two 1/2 day sessions each day: Session 1: 9:00 am - 11:55 am Session 2: 12:05 pm - 3:00 pm Relievers for the day will be expected to have met with both teachers before 8:45am re organisation for the day as there will be no time for this during the change over. If the classroom teacher is on duty the reliever will take over that duty.
  14. 14. Other support Lead Teacher Days Staff/Team Meetings Holiday Workshops