Becoming the Best Teacher YOU Can Chris Johnson ([email protected]) The Action Research Cycle Reflect Self-Reflection (possible questions to ask yourself Where are you now as a teacher? What is special about your teaching? Where do you want to be? How effective is: my classroom management, my error correction How effective am I at: Teaching grammar, Teaching pronunciation, Teaching lexis How do I help my learner develop their: listening skills, reading skills, writing skills, speaking skills How good am I at creating: a supportive environment, rapport with my learners Other ideas Observing yourself (Complete a reflection journal during and after classes) Student feedback (student feedback books to be completed at the end of the class with general or guided questions, weekly or monthly roundtables) Film yourself in class (Then review it and give yourself feedback) Plan Having highlighted the areas you want to work on, create specific actions to meet these. They should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. e.g. I need to provide more error correction Action Point 1: Over the next month, I will pick up on 3 errors during each speaking activity Action Point 2: I will have a error correction slot at the end of each class Action Point 3: Every class, twice, I will provide a slot for peer correction. Act and Observe To analyse what impact the actions have had we can use the same ideas when we reflect (Self-Reflection, Observing yourself, Student feedback, Filming yourself in class) Areas to consider exploring Here are a few interesting areas to research: Process Vs Product writing, developing listening/ speaking /writing/ reading/ pronunciation, teaching grammar, catenation, teaching Spanish speakers, increasing motivation, promoting learner autonomy, teaching speaking strategies, Demand high teaching Dogme, (De)Suggestopædia, the silent way, grammar translation, the lexical approach, situation language teaching, the direct method, counselling learning, audiolinguistics, the natural approach, task based learning, humanistic approaches My Action Plan 1. How am I going to decide what areas to work on? 2. After creating my action plan, how am I going to evaluate any improvements? 3. Without having followed the action research cycle, are there any areas that I already know I want to work on? If so, what are my SMART action points going to be for these? 4. What areas am I now considering exploring, researching or experimenting with?