Reflections and Advice from the Field
Edited By Heather Lattimer and Stacey Caillier
Chapter Four: Building on Success: Recalling the Past to Inspire Action Research in a New Context
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Building on Success
Recalling the Past to Inspire Action Research in a New Context
INSPIRATION AMPLIFICATION: FINDING MY OWN UNIQUE SPIN
As our research course instructor began describing the process of identifying a focus for our action research, I was filled with excitement—this was why I had decided to come to graduate school. I loved the opportunity to really own this work, to choose a topic that would respond to the needs of my school and allow me to grow personally and professionally. I left class that evening flooded with ideas, but soon realized that I was lacking direction. Countless nights of staring at my bedroom ceiling, thinking through a hundred different action research options, left me exhausted. If you knew me you’d know that I have a tendency to overthink, that this was not the first time I found myself staring at my ceiling. I spent too many nights listening to my alarm clock lull me to sleep with the sound of waves crashing on the beach. I was doing my best to trick my brain into turning off, it needed to rest … but this strategy stopped working as flashbacks of my professor discussing work of value, work of impact, work that matters, work that’s beautiful consumed me …
It occurred to me that part of the problem resulted from being asked to think as a school leader....
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