Friday, February 5, 2010

Teacher Research in the Trenches

John Staunton, Co-director

Through a Teacher Inquiry Community mini-grant from the National Writing Project, the EMWP has begun its first on-site, school-based teacher-research group. Including Kris Gedeon, 5 out of 29 teachers at Britton-Macon Area School are participating in the year-long teacher-research group. In addition, John Staunton, co-director of the EMWP, is mentoring us and providing contact and support from Eastern Michigan University.

The first fall meeting on September 28 was the occasion for the group to prepare initial findings, materials, and observations for public discussion at the EMWP/WAC Fall Conference. At the Conference on October 17, the TIC group (Vicky, Jon, David, Kris, and John) shared this early research from their classrooms and the process of developing a teacher inquiry community. Participants at the session included pre-service and in-service teachers from SE Michigan interested in both WAC and teacher research and TIC models of site-based professional development.
The group has mapped out a 2010 meeting schedule with days to begin analyzing data and preparing findings for public sharing at the county ISD and Britton-Macon School board meetings in the Spring.

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