Saturday, 5 August 2017

Week 20

Using research to becoming a researcher in your own classroom or school setting

Teacher inquiry is where teachers inquire into their own practice and use evidence to make decisions about ways to change that practice for the benefit of the student.

Literacy inquiry project proposal - - an example of a project investigating silent reading for enhancing reading comprehension. Using pre and post tests to show progress.

Two models:
Teaching as inquiry - using e-learning tools to help

Spiral of Inquiry - spiral of inquiry explanation, student focused, learn something new, take action as a team, mistakes, taking risks is less risky (create this in our schools), have we made enough of a difference (evidence), then it continues.

1 comment:

  1. Why would we use a "spiral of inquiry" rather than the straight NZC "teacher inquiry?" I think the thing the spiral adds is the "hunch" part. The thing that stops us all changing is our deeply held beliefs, our "mental models." The hunch aspect adds so much more because it helps us to surface our beliefs and our mental models. Then we have to look at evidence around us and challenge these models. I believe that the whole teaching system is based on the 20th century factory system and that teacher training colleges are still turning out teachers that meet this model. Our model of teaching doesn't fit this century. Its getting harder and harder to engage and motivate students and the reason is the whole mental model of teaching, what people are taught in college, the whole DNA of the profession, is based on a system which is now not meeting the needs of our world and students. To have a hope of moving forward and honestly engaging our students we have to address our own mental models and the inherent archetypal mental model of what it means to be a teacher.