Reflections and Advice from the Field
Section One: Journey toward a Research Question
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Journey TOWARD A Research Question
Action research begins when we notice challenges, opportunities, and interactions in our classrooms and begin to ask questions. “Why did this lesson work so much better in 1st period than in 3rd?” “How can I reach my students who struggle with math?” “Will this assessment really show what my students have learned?” “How can I make this curriculum more engaging?” These questions, informal wonderings that constantly swirl in teachers’ minds, can be the starting point for an AR journey. As Ruth Shagoury and Brenda Power write in their book on teacher research, Living the Questions, “We don’t always start out with a specific, clearly formulated question. As observers of classrooms daily, we can unearth our questions by reflecting on what we see” (2012, p. 20)
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