Action research sounds like something that should be on radio news. I’d probably guess that teaching writing and giving valuable feedback would be my area of study. After 24 years, I still don’t know if I am doing it “right” or, for that matter if there is a “right” way. My current method is better–giving feedback in two stages on half of their essays at a time, but it is still more editing than revising. How do I get kids to draft more, how do I manage the paper load?
Also, do my assignments need revamping, especially for Modern Lit.? It seems like a lot of the beginning college writing classes are more narrative based. Am I servicing those kids by having the write a five-paragraph, literary analysis? How do I know? What would be better? Something more creative and personal? Something to build their confidence as writers?
Thinking about Of Mice and Men, could I broaden it to writing about a friendship, a failed dream, a death, difficult decision? Could they still write about the literature and incorporate something personal, meshing the two?
The great thing is that as far as I know, I am the only teacher for that course, so I could probably test-run the assignment without much grief. I don’t think there would be any “harm” done with this type of assignment. After all, there three more essays that I can do the “traditional” way if I decide to. Hmmmm.