If you’ve been following along on what I’ve been up to lately, you know that I’ve been facilitating, along with Michelle and some colleagues from the , some teacher research projects in my school district. It’s good and important work, and I’m trying, as we facilitate, to be engaged in my own teacher research along with the group. It’s one thing to say that a practice is important. It’s a better thing to model its importance by doing it.
Earlier in the year, I wrote about my proposed research topic, and about how I thought I might proceed. Tomorrow, I’m digging into the work in earnest.
I’m curious about how we, in our school district, are actually using our blogging engine, a WordPress installation that’s coming up on three years old. I read what gets posted there, but I’ve never taken a real hard and descriptive look to see what’s there. So tomorrow, I’m going to sit down and take a close look at a three week window of the blogging engine from this year, and I’m going to try to read, annotate, and classify every posting that appears there. Then, based on what I see, I’d like to follow up with some of the authors, both teachers and students, and see if I can learn more about what they’re blogging about and why they’re blogging at all.
Why am I looking ? Well, in large part because I want to see what’s happening in the space, and to go after promising practices that are present. And, to be brutally honest, I’m looking because I expect that what I’ll see is a great deal of using blogs, rather than blogging, and that’s worth knowing and quantifying.
So I’m digging in. I suspect it’ll be an interesting look. And, as with most teacher research, I suspect my questions will change a bit as I get into the data and see what there is to see.
Wish me luck.