This award scheme involves teacher educators and academics mentoring a group of English language teachers on their action research projects. The programme aims to create an environment and framework that enables participating teachers to try out different approaches and ideas and:
- develop their reflective practice
- make choices and decisions about their teaching styles
- develop their confidence
- help them improve their student learning.
AARMS 2017-18 is currently underway and we anticipate that we will announce applications for the 2018-19 programme later this year.
AARMS workshop: September 2017
On 16 September 2017 we held our mid-point for workshop for all 14 of the AARMS mentors in Nagpur. The workshop was hosted by our two AARMS co-ordinators or, as they’re also known as the Super Mentors: Dr Amol Padwad and Dr Richard Smith. This time our workshop had a distinct international flavour as three AARMS mentors from Nepal joined us for the day.
The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for our mentors to get together and share their successes, lessons learnt and challenges to date on the scheme. This resulted in some fruitful discussions and demonstrated how much the mentors have developed and honed their skills in the last six months. The focus then shifted from their work with their mentees to them as mentors. Supported by Amol and Richard, they questioned each other on what aspects of their role they would like to explore further; this would then be used a basis to form their own research question into mentoring teacher researchers. At the end of the workshop everyone was revitalised and looking forward to the next six months of the scheme.
The next meeting is planned to take place in Delhi in March 2018 where we will publically showcase the AARMS mentors’ learning alongside their mentees classroom based research.