I AM FOCUSING ON A REFLECTIVE APPROACH
I think that practitioner enquiry allows teachers to reflect on their teaching and provide direction for sustained improvement.
At almost the end of this module, I feel that I have a deep understanding of the potential for practitioner enquiry in teacher professional learning and I am able to facilitate others in the process. Though I feel a little lost in setting out my powerpoint…(A decluttered approach with flexibility to show reflection is needed).
I have through private discussions encouraged other teachers to participate in offsets of my enquiry and have outlined a proposal to encourage the enquiry process in my school as I feel it would benefit the standard of learning and teaching and collaboration between teachers. I am eager to support cluster schools to develop their enquiry programmes. I included my practitioner enquiry as a workshop for other teachers in hope that they also participate. I hope to link with an enquiry Active Schools has begun as a result of our discussions and to foster a link between Active Schools, Science, Physical Education and KA Leisure.
The development of pedagogy, particularly when introducing dance into the school curriculum is my main area of interest. I feel that using the correct approaches is central to developing student enthusiasm and performance.I understand from my enquiry that boys are under represented in dance and under-perform in the curriculum in general. Pedagogy provides mechanisms to involve students in the learning process and the meaningful integration of Science and technology into learning.
I feel teaching is a creative profession and therefore my Science (research) and dance (creative expression) links should complement each other.
Creativity is needed to plan a lesson (Teaching Artist Module) and to find strategies to engage students and other teachers in the learning and teaching process (Practitioner Enquiry).
I believe that my focus on developing active processes to involve learners is a truly creative pedagogy. It changes the way I approach introducing a topic with a class, changes the dynamic of the topic and the methods I use to involve learners. I feel practitioner enquiry has made me more aware of the collaborative enterprise with the students and staff.
I feel the key words which describe practitioner enquiry are:
Learning Positivity Sustainable-improvement Sharing
Community Creativity Research Commitment
In my opinion, practitioner enquiry is a powerfully creative process linking aspects of the arts and research based science. On completion of my final research project I will have the knowledge to support school leaders and their staff to develop aspects of pedagogy and the use of Dance-Science to speaking directly, through written dissemination or working directly with groups of staff. To disseminate my findings I could organise events, write papers and consult with Faculty leaders at Network meetings. I feel dance provides a medium to share m findings and allow the audience to understand my process visually and kinaesthetically.
- ‘Enquiry, when done well, is a process which supports teachers to create and evaluate their own pedagogies…that’s why I love it so much’ (Fearghal Kelly).