Day 5

Putting it all together

Introduction

Over the past 5 days, you have had an opportunity to engage in the action research process, use mobile technologies, and collaborate with others to research and define:

  1. Why do I want to be a teacher?
  2. What are the characteristics of great teachers?
  3. What does great teaching look like?
  4. How do I become a teacher?

Today, is the day we have all been waiting for- the presentation of your team’s action research video project! Watch the following video for inspiration as you develop your video.

Today, we will:

  • Practice public speaking skills
  • Finalize your action research video project
  • Present your team’s action research video project on teaching excellence
  • Share how you will take informed action based on the research results

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The Action Research Process

Today, we will address Step 4 of the action research process, reporting results. Sagor (2000) describes the step below:

Step 4—Reporting Results

The reporting of action research most often occurs in informal settings. Faculty meetings, brown bag lunch seminars, and teacher conferences are among the most common venues for sharing action research with peers. However, each year more and more teacher researchers are writing up their work for publication or to help fulfill requirements in graduate programs. Regardless of which venue or technique educators select for reporting on research, the simple knowledge that they are making a contribution to a collective knowledge base regarding teaching and learning frequently proves to be among the most rewarding aspects of this work.

The figure below highlights Step 4 of the action research process.

Step 4 of the Action Research Process: Reporting Results.

Activity 1: Preparing and practicing an awesome presentation opening

During this time, you and your team members will prepare a short opening to introduce your action research video project. First, watch the video below by Jason Teteak. As you watch, take notes using Pages on your iPad on each step.

After the video, as a team, write a brief introduction for your action research video project. Select the team member who will introduce your video on behalf of the team, and rehearse it with your team members. 

Students rehearsing the introduction to their action research video project.

Activity 2: Showcasing your action research video project

The moment we have been waiting for is finally here! It is time to present the results of your action research through your team video project. We have invited special guests from the education community in the Rio Grande Valley to join us in this special presentation. 

Showtime

Each team will have 10 minutes to introduce and present their action research video projects.

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Wrapping Up & Next Steps

Over the past 5 days, we engaged in the action research process, use mobile technologies, and collaborated with our peers and others to research the four major themes addressed in this program:

  • Why do I want to be a teacher?
  • What are the characteristics of great teachers?
  • What does great teaching look like?
  • How do I become a teacher?

Today was the day we have all been waiting for–the presentation of our team’s action research video projects! We started by putting the final touches to our videos, practiced our public speaking skills, and presented our action research video projects to invited special guests from the education community in the Rio Grande Valley.

Now that we have come to the end of our camp, the next steps are up to you. Over the next few weeks, we hope you will reflect on the lessons learned, and if the desire to become a teacher is truly in your heart, we hope you will continue to develop your academic and professional skills as you complete high school and pursue a university education.

Thank you for participating in the Those Who Can, Teach! 2016 Summer Camp. We hope you will stay in touch.

References

Mindly.org. (2014). How to make eye contact while giving an oral presentation at school. Retrieved from http://mindly.org/tutorial/howto/Make_Eye_Contact_While_Giving_an_Oral_Presentation_at_School

Sagor, R. (2000). Guiding school improvement with action research. ASCD. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/100047/chapters/What-Is-Action-Research¢.aspx

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