Also, I have been diligently preparing for my yearly Individualized Performance Review, commonly known as the IPR Project. The premise behind this district initiative is to engage tenured teachers in the opportunity for professional growth where we as educators have an option in what we would like to focus on for the year.
This year I am going to focus on student blogging. I have been gathering my resources and trying to come up with a constructive plan that will allow for the greatest success possible. At this point, I am trying to get District approval for the Project. If this happens I will then need to gather support from the parents to allow their children to participate.
There has been a great deal of work involved to get to this point. I have gathered and read through several research articles, read through Will Richardson's Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Webtools for Classrooms, used Susan Pedro's parent letter as an outline for writing my letter to the parents, read through numerous blogs and wikis, and put a plan together "on paper" that I presented to the administration.
In a couple of days I will find out if I will be able to move forward with this exciting project. Wish me luck!
|Research Summary - November 5, 2007|