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Mentoring teacher-research

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Abstract: 


Teacher-research can be a powerful process, having a profound impact on teachers and learners. There are now quite a few resources on classroom-based research which are easily available to English language teachers. However, there is a lack of guidance on how to support teacher research, particularly as a mentor.

 

Accordingly, this session aims to create a community of teacher-research mentors, providing an opportunity to share insights and provide specific guidance to enable mentors and prospective mentors to play what can be a pivotal role in supporting teacher-research.

 


Target audience:

 

  • Teacher educators, teacher development group leaders etc. who are currently mentoring teachers or student-teachers to do research into their classroom practice
  • Intending or past mentors of teacher-research who want to know more about the process before they begin (again)
  • Curious but undecided potential teacher-research mentors who want to know more about what’s involved before they decide

 

Participants may also be:

 

  • Decision-makers, administrators, school leaders, teacher educators or group leaders wondering whether to initiate and/or design a programme to encourage teacher-research

 


Session objectives:

 

Participants will be engaged in the following activities:

 

  • Sharing ideas about the nature of mentoring and what mentoring teacher-research might specifically need to involve
  •  A planning task involving consideration of who to mentor and establishment of a timeline and plan for effective communications

 

We also focus on the following stages of teacher-research mentoring, engaging participants in practical activities relating to each of them. 

 

  • Helping teachers to select a topic 
  • Guiding teachers to develop research questions
  • Preparing teachers to collect data
  • Guiding teachers to analyse and interpret data
  • Supporting teachers to plan and evaluate change
  • Helping teachers to share and reflect on their research 

 

The syllabus and practical activities are based on a new British Council publication, Mentoring Teachers to Research Their Classrooms. Itself based on practical experience in Latin America and South Asia, this will be complemented by questions and insights from participants themselves in relation to their own experiences.

 

Finally, we encourage teacher-research mentors to continue to link up internationally, and we indicate resources and possibilities for follow-up. 

 


Syllabus:

 

Note: all webinars begin at 14:30 UTC - find out what time this is where you are here.

 

Week 1: Jan, 11-17  – What does teacher-research mentoring involve?  / Webinar – Sat. Jan. 11 14:30 (UTC)

 

  • Sharing of teacher-research and teacher-research mentoring experiences among participants 
  • Discussion of why mentoring is important for supporting teacher-research 
  • Sharing ideas about the nature of mentoring and what mentoring teacher-research specifically needs to involve 

 


Week 2:  Jan. 18-25 –   Developing topics and questions Webinar – Sun Jan 19 14:30 (UTC)

 

  • Helping teachers to select a topic 
  • Guiding teachers to develop research questions

  


Week 3: Jan. 26–Feb. 1 –  Supporting data collection, analysis and interpretation / Webinar – Sun Jan 26,14:30 (UTC)

 

  • Preparing teachers to collect data
  • Guiding teachers to analyse and interpret data

Week 4: Feb. 2–7 – Making a mentoring plan – and guiding teachers to plan and evaluate change / Webinar 4 – Sun Feb 2, 14:30 (UTC)

 

  • A planning task involving consideration of who to mentor and establishment of a timeline and effective communications 
  • Supporting teachers to plan and evaluate change

 


Week 5: Feb. 8–15 – Helping teachers to share and reflect on their research / Webinars – Sat Feb 8, 14:30 (UTC) & Sat Feb 15 14:30 (UTC)

 

  • Helping teachers to share and reflect on their research 
  • Wrap-up, taking things further, and evaluation of the EVO

Media: 

 

 

Join this session

 

Registration began on Jan 5, 2020 and goes on until Jan. 11

 

To join this EVO session, go to http://mentoring-tr.weebly.com/evo2020.html and fill in your email address there, then follow the further instructions.

 

If you are interested in mentoring teachers to research their classrooms, there is also a Facebook group you might find it useful to join – 'Mentoring-TR' https://www.facebook.com/groups/mentoringTR/ 

 

If you are a teacher interested in getting involved in researching your practice ('doing teacher-research') for the first time, you should join the 'Classroom-based research for professional development' EVO rather than the 'Mentoring teacher-research' EVO 

 

 

Sponsor: 

 

IATEFL Research Special Interest Group: http://resig.iatefl.org

 


Moderators:

 

Name

Email address

Location
(country of residence)

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Richard Smith 

r.c.smith@warwick.ac.uk 

UK 

Dr Richard Smith has worked in teacher education for almost twenty-five years, the last twenty of them in the UK at the University of Warwick. He is the co-founder and former co-ordinator (2008–18) of the Teaching English in Large Classes research and development network (TELCnet), former co-ordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG (2011–15) and founder and chair of the steering committee of the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT (2017–18). He has published widely on topics ranging from teacher-research to the history of language learning and teaching, and has worked with teachers from many countries, both directly and as academic adviser to teacher-research mentoring schemes in Latin America and South Asia. For his publications and further information see http://warwick.ac.uk/richardcsmith

 

 

Seden Eraldemir Tuyan

sedentuyan@gmail.com

Turkey

Dr Seden Eraldemir Tuyan is

lecturer in the Department of English Language Teaching at Çağ University, Mersin, Turkey, and is interested in psychological perspectives on ELT, including individual learner differences in language learning, motivation, learner autonomy and beliefs. She has published articles on various aspects of affect in foreign language learning. Her major interests are Emotional Intelligence, Social-Emotional Learning, individual differences in SLA, Action Research, and personal and professional development.

 

 

Primary Contact: Richard Smith - R.C.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

 

 

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