The Action Research Mentoring Scheme (ARMS) project supported teacher educators and academics as they mentored small groups of English language teachers through classroom-based research projects. This scheme aimed to create an environment and framework that enabled 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.
A key resource from this scheme is Mentoring teachers to research their classrooms: a practical handbook by Dr. Richard Smith
This free handbook, available in the Downloads section below, is a step-by-step guide for mentors supporting teacher researchers and offers insight, practical ideas and activities based on direct experience of classroom-based research in multiple contexts. Divided into two parts: Mentoring foundations and The process of teacher research, the 12 units can be used independently or altogether. With accompanying tasks and videos, the handbook is a useful resource to explore concepts like designing research questions and building research into routine teaching. This handbook facilitates reflection and includes references to additional resources. Use it individually or with peers to develop your skills in effectively supporting classroom-based research and enrich your professional development. The book will also be of use to school and educational leaders who are considering implementing teacher research and are looking for input and guidance on how to do this effectively.
On 21 and 22 May 2020, we hosted a webinar Teacher-research: from first steps to mentoring presented by the author Dr. Richard Smith. The recording of the webinar is available here and also in the links section below.