Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Flood? River? No, it's Action Research...

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Driving along this morning my head overflowing with plans, thoughts, reflections etc. I realised that this wikiweb project is becoming a problem. Ideas keep flooding in from every quarter. I need a river not an inundation. Casting my mind back to previous experience it suddenly struck me (duh) that I'm involved in Action Research here...
I worked on a couple of AR projects with Creative Partnerships a few years back under the Creative Action research (CARA) flag. The main difference there was that I was working alongside a class teacher, and the project had a mentor, the excellent Professor Jon Schostak of MMU. The present problem is that I'm entirely on my own (apart from you dear reader). To stop this flooding my life I need a sounding board or mentor (preferably not the person I live with).
So I spoke to Sue Senior, our CPD co-ordinator, when I got to work this morning. Like everywhere else, the school budget is much too tight to free any other teachers and I see no reason why anyone should be asked to do this in their own time.  Sue suggested Tina Hay - a young part-time MFL teacher who is also standing in as a Learning Support Assistant and thus may have some non-contact sessions that co-incide with mine. Brilliant! Tina is interested in using ICT and new approaches to learning. So we both stand to gain.
I accosted her at lunchtime in the freezing gale round the end of our Portacabin school. She agreed to the idea with a remarkable enthusiasm which I hope was not entirely due to her wishing me to shut up and let her get in the warm...