Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reflection Week 2

I have learned this week that there are a lot of topics that an administrator can inquire about. I also realized that one action research topic may actually answer another inquiry that one may have. Action research can benefit so many and help to develop a habit of inquiry. Administrators and teachers should utilize this process in evaluating their successes, the student's successes as well as the campuses weaknesses and needs. Action research should become an imperative process on every campus.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Action research purpose and significance

The Purpose for my action research is to monitor our ELL students
academic growth and to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a
campus. Also to research, implement and provide resources and curriculum to the
teachers and parents to ensure the students maintain a level of academic growth
and success. Through this process the teachers will monitor the ELL students
reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities each semester. The teachers
and myself will identify any students who seem to be lacking in growth and
identify what areas (i.e. reading, writing, speaking, or listening). We will
also review all interventions already in place and we will establish what
assistance and interventions we could apply to help the student in the area of
need. I will also train and develop the teachers and students on new resources
or curriculum that we discover may be helpful to our ELL students in maintaining
a level of growth in all areas monitored. The action research will benefit the
teachers, the students, the administration, the community and the campus as a
whole.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I have learned about action research.

I have learned that action research plays an intricate role in a schools success and climate. As a school leader, it is imperative to ask questions and motivate teachers to inquire about their students and their instruction. It is also important to provide the staff with opportunities to take an active role in action research. Action research provides a way for stakeholders to plan and organize their inquiry, reflect on their findings and grow professionally in the process. I was pleased to find that my campus already employs action research as a regular practice. I am also lucky enough to participate in almost all discussions and reflections as the Title I teacher. I find it enlightening and I enjoy listening to the ideas and feedback that is shared within the PLC. It can be frustrating at times when we feel like we have tried all avenues but are not reaching the success we had hoped for but it allows to the opportunity to work together. It also allows me the opportunity to identify strengths and talents in teachers that I may not have already known. I definitely feel action research is a must for all campus leaders to administer within their school.


References

Dana, Nancy F. (2009). Leading with Passion and Knowledge:The Principal as Action Researcher. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.


Harris, S., Edmonson, S., & Combs, J. (2009). ExaminingWhat We Do to Improve Our Schools: 9 Steps from Analysis to Action. Larchmont, N.Y.: Eye on Education.

How Leaders Can Use Blogs.

Leaders can use blogs to share information as well as share their successes and their failures. They can also utilize it as a tool to provide them with insight from others whom may have already dealt with a similar situation or concern. It can be a very useful tool and collaboration with a small or large group of participants. As long as the blog is utilized as a professional tool, there is no reason to not partake in discussion with your peers and enjoy the camaraderie.