Personally, I just view it as a teacher systematically putting a simplified version of the Scientific Method to use in his/her classroom:
- Formulate a hypothesis
- Analyze the data collected from the experiment.
- Form a Conclusion
Of course, teachers - and everybody else - apply this method constantly, ranging from how we shoot basketballs to how we bake a cake. Teacher Action Research, however, puts it into action in a little more formalized way.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Nina MK, PhD.
I have been in your shoes 3 years ago. I would go to the teaching centre give classes all day and return home at night so drained to reflect on anything or prepare for the next day. Before I even knew it ,6 years of my life have passed and spent on teaching with no real awareness or a sense of development.
If you work in Egypt, then you either work for the public/private sectors and either way the school/centre you work for rarely invest on its staff development. Hence, you should learn to develop yourself .
One of the greatest challenges I have faced over the previous 12 months was finding a balance between teaching, studies, personal projects, and time for me. At times, it has felt like there haven’t been enough hours in day, days in week, weeks in a month, and months in the year. During my confirmation interview for my doctoral thesis, I was give the advice – be kind to yourself – unfortunately, I wasn’t able to heed this advice, and in the end it impacted on my health.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
There’s a great set up where I work, at ELI (www.eli.es), in Seville. We have five or six teacher trainers who all do training sessions on Fridays, plus the observing and mentoring. We get a detailed list of the sessions and get to choose 8 a year. We also have a teacher training day once a year where any teacher can volunteer to do a session.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
I teach EL teachers, conducting whole courses, workshops, seminars, taking part in various conferences. As the saying goes, children reflect the adults in their life; in the same way adults reflect the children they teach. There is a great difference in evaluating educators who attend a refresher course and students.
Teacher Mentoring and Coaching
Nina MK, Ph.D.
There are a few well-developed and quite simple provisions for all teachers in my country.
I have been working at the same private language school for the past ten years. I was used to the teaching methodology used, I had mainly children aged 8-16 as students, I taught the same levels (A2-C2) each year, I knew the textbooks and I felt quite confident as a teacher since I practically did the same things every year. But this May everything changed when the new job offer by the owner for the coming year was completely unacceptable.
Research, information exchange and collaboration tend to be usual steps in most EFL lessons. Sometimes the key focus is a new grammar point or maybe a certain theme or vocabulary or even a mix of those.
The app Instagram can cater for two aspects at the same time:
*sharing the students production visually (either by sharing the photo or video) and
*their engagement, data and point of view in the comments.
Eureka! How about that?!