Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Action Research Topic

I am planning on devoting time tomorrow to my homework for this week. In my position, I work with the science teachers in 63 school districts in our region. I am having a hard time deciding how to approach this research project. I would like to focus on ELL students and raising their test scores, but I am not sure how to approach the project. Option 1 - I have one school that I work with in an instructional coaching capacity. I could design a project that works specifically with them. This would benefit this one school. Option 2 - I am drawn to the possibilities of the blog/technology and trying to figure out how I can use it to reach all/more of my teachers in the 63 school districts. Some of my schools are over 2 hours away and it is difficult for those teachers to receive professional development face to face. This option has the capacity to benefit hundreds of teachers/students. Any suggestions before I get started would be appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of blogging to reach each of your schools. I am also doing my action research on the best methods for reaching ELL students. The biggest problem in my district is getting these students into English instruction. Bilingual teachers are hard to find, and many of the bilingual teachers we have are not very comfortable with English themselves. In our district, when students reach 6th grade, only ESL is offered to them. That means they may be coming from a mostly Spanish speaking class to an English class. As you can see, this is a problem.

    I will be very interested in seeing what your research has to offer. Good luck!