When I discussed my idead with my student colleagues, they both told me that they thought this was a great idea and reassured me in the feeling that this might help to enrich the school's, the teacher's and the leaner's experience. We also talked about possible ways of conducting research and I had these very big ideas in my head of working together with a school in Kiel where I was doing a training at time.
Then, however, our teacher Isabel reminded me that our research projects for proPIC should focus on languag teaching. Little had I realized before when developping my idea, that I was already a little too far off the tracks. I must say, I was a little disappointed that this idea did not fit the criteria but at the same time it has not left my head since then. Maybe one day, and maybe even as part of a Continous Professional Development Action Research project in my later teaching jobs, I could come back to this idea which I am still very fond of.
At first, I was very drawn to the idea of making STUDENT FEEDBACK my research topic. It is very important to me to enable students to speak their mind without fearing to be downgraded and therefore creating a school environment that is open to change and wants to foster critical thinking skills. Not only in school but also in university, students talk about things they would like to see changed, ways of teaching they don't enjoy or topics that would interest them more than what they're doing at the time, etc.
In my experience, however, students seldomnly come forward with their ideas, either because they feel that they are not in the
position to utter criticism, that nothing is going to be changed anyway, or they fear the impression they make on their teachers. Personally I think that this is one of the biggest problems of our current educational system which is why this topic gave me hopes to find a way out of the one-sided ideas of good classes.
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