“As teacher-inquirers begin formulating their initial wonderings, they often ponder in a similar fashion.” The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research
Teacher inquiry always involves collaboration. Why is collaboration key?
- Research is hard work
- Teacher talk is important
- There’s safety in numbers
- There’s strength in numbers
The question is how?
Options for collaboration
- Shared Inquiry: when two or more practicing teachers or prospective teachers pair or group to define and conduct a single teacher research project together
- Parallel Inquiry: Teacher pairs conduct two parallel but individual teacher-research projcest, working collectively to support each other’s individual endeavors.
- Intersecting Inquiry: Two or more teachers are engaging in inquiry on completely different topics with similar wonderings or the same topic with different wonderings. Collaboration occurs at the juncture.
- Inquiry Support: Prospective or practicing teacher-inquirers can take full ownership of their inquiry project but invite one or more professionals who are not currently engaging in inquiry to support their work.
A growth mindset matters………………..for students and teachers. Let’s make it happen in a way that supports relationships, collaboration, and practice change.
Dana, Nancy F. & Yendol-Hoppey, D. The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research. California: Corwin, 2014.