A Research Question

“We know the answer to much of what ails education is teacher research.  Now we can all delight together in finding our own unique right question.”  Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Power, The Art of Classroom Inquiryimg_8514 

I am going to embrace the 2018 March Slice of Life Challenge.

I’ve been planning and prepping in the hopes of finding success in the Challenge.

Over the weekend, as I was writing and sketching and reading and reading and sketching and writing, it occurred to me that it’s not just about the success. It’s about the process and the learning along the way.  This thinking led me to approach the Challenge with a research lens.

“What happens when I participate in the 2018 SOLC?”

The Art of Classroom Inquiry by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Power is a touchstone book.  It was this book that led me to see children as informants and question them as experts.    It was this book that led me to carry a journal and use it as a research tool.  It was this book that taught me to find and embrace the questions.

In the course of my 26 years of teaching, I’ve followed many questions.  Or should I say, I’ve let the questions lead me.

Questions I’ve lived with and learned from:

What happens when I follow my 2nd graders to art and draw and write alongside them?

What happens when I infuse art and pictures into my third grade writers workshop?

What happens when I keep a poetry anthology?

What happens when I teach a summer institute at The Yale Center for British Art?

What happens when I commit to Journals in a second grade classroom once a week?

What happens when a group of teachers reads Joy Write, by Ralph Fletcher?

and, most recently, 

What happens when I start my own blog?

What happens when I participate in the March SOLC 2018? 

I hold many of these professional questions close.  I believe the questions have helped me form my beliefs about teaching, learning, reading, writing and children.

I look forward to learning from the SOLC challenge and finding the questions along the way.

It is the questions that keep me curious and my teaching alive.


5 thoughts on “A Research Question”

  1. I’ve been lucky enough to see a few of these questions in action and the long lasting impact of some of the others. You’re a great example of teacher researcher- what it means to be a teacher that is full of wonder and open to new learning.


    1. A lot of what I research with my journal goes further. It goes further in the sense that it leads to writing a memo to teachers, or a blog post, shared with children or simply a means for me to clarify my own thinking and learning. With that written clarity, I am usually more articulate when I speak 😉


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