ARMS 2019 - 20 mentors (from left to right): Row 1 –  Shikha, Shimona Tyagi, Tanya Gulati, Lakshman Rao P., Nazeer Hussain, Revathi Viswanath; Row 2 – Nisar Shaikh, Ashok Chavan, Sutapa Mukherjee, Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi, Jemima Hughes, Mithun Khandwala, Monish Panda, Tanya Kapoor, Vinayadhar Raju, Lingala Raju, Pradnya Gokhale, Asha Anto, Harish Patodkar and Santosh Mahapatra.

The Action Research Mentoring Scheme (ARMS project) supports teacher educators and academics as they mentor small groups of English language teachers through classroom-based research projects. This scheme aims to create an environment and framework that enables teachers to:

  • try out different approaches and ideas 
  • develop their reflective practice
  • make choices and decisions about their teaching styles
  • develop their confidence
  • improve their student learning.

What is action research?

Action or classroom-based research begins with the teacher and a question or set of questions they might have about classroom experiences, issues, successes or challenges. It is a highly reflective process that encourages teachers to examine their own practice and discover what will and will not work for their students in their classrooms.

Why is the award scheme for mentors working with groups of teachers?

Mentors can play a key role in helping teachers grow, learn and transform. Having a mentor work with teachers on their research projects ensures they will have the necessary support and guidance they need as they navigate the process of classroom based research.

What benefits will the mentors gain?

Throughout the scheme mentors will:

  • receive extensive feedback, mentoring and support from ELT classroom research specialists from India 
  • strengthen their existing mentoring and research skills
  • establish a network of professional relationships
  • gain experience in project management.

What themes can teachers explore in their classrooms?

Teachers will work with their mentor and together they will identify classroom challenges and potential solutions related to:

  • Assessment
  • Multilingual education
  • Innovation and ICT
  • Inclusive education
  • Developing 21st-century skills.

What were the criteria for the awards?

The scheme is able to grant awards for teacher educators and academics that have:

  • identified a group maximum of 6 teachers per mentor that they will support over a 12 month period
  • some experience of mentoring or leading groups of teachers 
  • an interest and some experience in classroom-based research
  • a clear picture of who the group members are, what their various roles are, and what the group is aiming to achieve
  • a clear plan, with a schedule of activity clearly explaining what group members will be doing on a month by month basis
  • a proposed budget that shows how the money awarded will be spent for research-related purposes.

Note: teacher-researchers in the group do not need to be all researching the same theme.

AARMS activities: 2017-18

AARMS Awardees for 2017-18

Our Aptis Action Research Mentor Scheme Awardees for 2017-18 are:

Anirudha Rout, Tamara Philip, Vivek Joshi, Chandeep Marwah, Suman Chawla, Usha Malhan, Sonika Gupta, Esther Gloria Sahu, Kuheli Mukherjee, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Santosh Mahapatre, Raminder Mac, Krishna Dixit and Milind Mane.

Between them, these 14 mentors will work with over 80 teachers across the country. 

Two Aptis Action Research coordinators have been appointed: Dr Amol Padwad and Dr Richard Smith. They will be working closely with the awardees, over the duration of the scheme.

Induction of the AARMS mentors

On the 20-21 February 2017 we held our induction for 13 out of the 14 AARMS mentors in Delhi. The induction was hosted by the AARMS facilitators: Amol Padwad and Richard Smith. Over the course of a day and a half Amol and Richard introduced the main principles and practices of action research, which prompted plenty of rich and lively discussions around the AARMS mentors’ hopes and expectations for their mentees. Time was also spent exploring the role of a mentor and what qualities and skills they would need to exhibit to effectively support their mentees. At the end of the induction all the mentors expressed their excitement about the scheme and getting to work with their mentees.

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.

AARMS activities: 2018-19

AARMS Awardees for 2018-19

Our Aptis Action Research Mentor Scheme Awardees for 2018-19 are:

Sandeep Shelavle, Xavier Pradheep Singh, Sudipta Singha Roy, Rachna Yadav, Swapna Yadav, Diptiben Trivedi, Shoba K.N., Vanita Chopra, Ipshita Hajra Sasmal, Jenie Christbol Alex, Ekta Goel, Renu Dhotre, Monishita Hajra Pande and Smita Pore.

Between them, these 17 mentors will work with over 75 teachers across the country. 

Two Aptis Action Research coordinators have been appointed: Professor Rama Mathew and Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi. They will be working closely with the awardees, over the duration of the scheme.

Induction of the AARMS mentors

On 5-6 May 2018 we held an induction workshop for 13 out of the 14 newly appointed AARMS mentors in Delhi. The induction was hosted by the AARMS facilitators: Prof Rama Mathew and Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi.

The mentors were introduced to the main principles and practices of action research, prompting rich and lively discussions around the AARMS mentors’ hopes and expectations for their mentees and their projects. Time was also spent exploring the role of a mentor and the types of qualities and skills they would need to effectively support their mentees.

Five AARMS mentors from our first cohort shared their experience; this proved a productive session where our new cohort got to hear first-hand their predecessors successes, challenges and lessons learned. 

Watch this space as we follow our AARMS mentors over the next ten months.

ARMS activities: 2019-20

ARMS Awardees for 2019-20

Our Action Research Mentor Scheme Awardees for 2019-20 are:

Ashok Chavan, Dr Asharani Anto, Dr Mithun Khandwala, Dr. Revathi Viswanathan, Harish Patodkar, Lakshmana Rao Pinninti, Lingala Raju, Monish Panda, Ms Pradnya Gokhale, Nazeer Hundekar, Nisar Shaikh, Shikha, Shimona Tyagi, Sutapa Mukherjee, Tanya Gulati, Tanya Kapoor, Vinayadhar Raju Prathikantam

Between them, these 17 mentors will work with over 80 teachers across the country. 

Two Action Research Super Mentors have been appointed: Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi and Mr. Santosh Mahapatra. They will be working closely with the awardees, over the duration of the scheme.

Induction of the ARMS mentors

On 11 - 12 May 2019, we held an induction workshop for the newly appointed ARMS mentors in Hyderabad. The induction was hosted by the British Council staff and ARMS Super Mentors.

The mentors were introduced to the main principles and practices of action research, prompting rich and lively discussions around the ARMS mentors’ hopes and expectations for their mentees and their projects. Time was also spent exploring the role of a mentor and the types of qualities and skills they would need to effectively support their mentees.

Four ARMS mentors from our second cohort shared their experience; this proved a productive session where our new cohort got to hear first-hand their predecessors successes, challenges and lessons learned. 

Watch this space as we follow our ARMS mentors over the next ten months.


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