Developing Math literacies

Research Question:

How can Science-teaching strategies that build 9th and 10th graders’ data collection, analysis, interpretation and evaluation skills contribute to Science learning outcomes?

This research study intends to investigate the effectiveness o a series of learning tools and strategies towards enhancement of learner skills in mathematical literacies for Grade 9 and 10 Sciences.

 

Project Leader:

Mary O’Gorman, Hillingdon HS Science Teacher

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Engaging with identity languages

Research Question:

How will using native language texts (alongside English language texts of the same works) in Language and Literacy Classes with middle school EAL students improve their vocabularly, class participation, and comprehension of the text?

The purpose of this action research project is to improve the reading experience of EAL studnet in inquiry driven learning environments where class discussion is critical to understanding and language development, and in situations where it is crucial for students to understand a text in order to participate in class discussions.

 

Project Leader:

Shelly McClanahan, Egham EAL Teacher

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Co-teaching Reading

Research Question:

How does co-teaching affect grade 2 Reading achievement, engagement and enjoyment?

The purpose of this study is to determine the affect of co-teaching on student learning by comparing the Reading learning outcomes (achievement, engagement, self-directed learning and enjoyment) of students.

 

Project Leader:

Nancy Bacsa, Doha Student Support Services and Margaret Dean, Doha Grade 2 Teacher

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Initiating Whole School Sustainability

Research Question:

How does involvement in an externally facilitated, multi-school learning community advance our aspiration to “make a difference” by learning about and engaging in whole school approaches to learning for sustainability?

The purpose of this project is to:

  • Develop a policy, action plan and plan tracker that addresses sustainability and learning for sustainability across our UK schools, and operationalise the schools’ commitments to environmental stewardship and global citizenship articulated in our shared vision, values, philosophy, and expected school-wide learning results.
  • Enhance school leaders’ sustainability-related knowledge, understanding, skills, and dispositions so that they are confident and motivated to work collaboratively to manage and model sustainability practices.
  • Establish school partnerships with like-minded schools in our area in order to strengthen our own sustainability practice through creative external collaboration.

 

Project Leader:

Chris Hupp,  Cobham Lower School

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Understanding Teacher Transition

Research Question:

What are the experienceswith transition that educators in international schools encounter? What are the challenges with transition these educators face? What are educators’ perceived needs for transition?

The purpose of this study is to explore educators’ experiences, challenges and perceived needs with regards to transition at their international school in order to: understand the support they require, improve transition for educators and add to the limited research on the topic.  This projet will involve an investigation of international theory and a narrative research project in orde rto understand the impact transition has on teachers in inernational schools and at ACS International Schools campuses.

 

Project Leader:

Tasha Arnold,  Cobham High School

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Developing Aural Literacy

Research Question

How does the use of non-prescriptive musical prompts improve middle and high school student musicians’ aural literacy?

The aim of this project is to test two particular means of developing aural literacy in instrumental ensembles: lead sheets and learning by ear.

The trials will be conducted with MS and HS ensembles.

 

Project Leader:

Simon Cook, Cobham Middle School

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Assessing skills and dispositions

Research Question:

How can the use of Tessera personalised feedback reports contribute to grade 8 students’ development of skills and dispositions key to middle to high school transition?

The purpose of this research project is to provide grade 8 students with individual feedback that informs the development of personalised learning plans for a set of ESLR-related,non-cognitive skills and dispositions linked to academic growth and success.

 

Project Leader:

Kristi Sheard, Cobham Middle School

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