My proposed action research project is inquiring, "How can video production promote writing and reading skills for at-risk fourth grade students?" My inquiry was inspired by my experience and new learning in my last grad course Multimedia Video Technology. Not only does the video production process share similarities among the writing process, it is quite engaging and a rewarding experience. I plan to use two after school tutoring sessions per week for 5 consecutive weeks. Students who will be invited to attend "tutoring" are students who struggle with skills such as making visualizations, sequencing, retelling, planning, and organization. Often, these students struggle to get their thoughts on paper and I truly believe that integrating technology will help motivate them as these skills are practiced and reinforced. Another significance of this action research project is addressing the motivation factor of at-risk students. Many of these students struggle with focusing and lack of engagement during traditional instruction. This action research could offer more insight into utilizing additional methods for engaging at-risk learners.
This week in my grad course, Research for Teachers, I learned about how action research can be applied to various educational areas such as staff development, curriculum development, teachers, students, school culture/community, leadership, management, school performance, and social justice/equity. Schools face many challenges in each of the areas mentioned and action research is a great way to take the problem into your own hands and do something about it. As a current teacher, I already find myself using my new understandings to reflect on challenges I am facing in the classroom.