The new school year always ushers in a time of hope for both students and teachers. It is a time with high expectations for learning and creating while having fun in the process. Teachers implement new teaching ideas and strategies to help better meet the learning needs of their students. What better way to analyze if new teaching strategies are effective then by enrolling in the Action Research Model class! This is a great course to take with a colleague as having a partner or team to discuss the inquiry process with is valuable (although not required!) Interested? Read on to learn about this fabulous class.
What is Action Research? Action Research formalizes a process that we as teachers do every day. Teachers start with a simple wondering that is based off their classroom observations. For example: What if I used Reciprocal Teaching to help increase reading comprehension? Then the teacher strategically implements the strategy and analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data to measure the success of that strategy. This is a process teacher do every day, the course Action Research helps to formalize that reflection and share successful strategies with other educators.
What are the course expectations? This is a year long course offered through the Office of Professional Development for three credits. The class is a hybrid course taking place both in person and online. Teachers develop a research plan in September, implement their plan during the school year and evaluate their findings in the spring. We share our findings at an Expo in April.
How do I sign up? Navigate to the Office of Professional Development website. Then:
1. Click on “register now”
2. Click on “View by Alpha”
3. Select “Action Research”
4. Complete the registration process
We hope to see you in the course!