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NWP Radio — The Southern Arizona Writing Project Teacher-Research and Inquiry Community

Date: September 23, 2010

Summary: Visit with the site leaders and teacher-consultants from the Southern Arizona Writing Project as they describe their efforts to sustain their teacher-research and inquiry program for a new generation of teachers.

 

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I really like the Action Research Program because I have the chance to take a look at my own instruction and take time and really investigate things that are troubling me about instruction. This year I was looking at oral language development and how to get my students to actually produce English, and that may seem a simple task, but it's not. It's very, very difficult and challenging.

I wanted to step it up a notch this year, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about doing that, and with Action Research you have the opportunity to talk to . . . a very supportive community. You have the opportunity to talk to other teachers and get feedback and some ideas, and go back to the classroom and try it out and see if it works. And if it doesn't, then you know you need to try something else. But it's a really great opportunity for teachers to look at themselves, their instruction and how to improve it.

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