Participatory Action Research at St Francis Xavier

Teachers at St Francis Xavier have created learning opportunites for their students where they are engaging critically and effectively in a multimodal world. As part of the contemporary literacies they are developing culturally relevant and valued literate practices. Some examples of this are illustrated in the prezi presentation where students have created book trailers using iMovie. As part of their inquiry learning students are expected to create and interact with print, non-print and multimodal texts. These expectations and criteria are outlined for studnets in ther Design Brief and Literacy contracts. This community of learners (teachers and students) are using contemporary tools to take action within their inquiry units of work and articulate their thinking, reflections and learning as part of literature circles. The staff and students at St Francis invite you to offer comments.

Allowing Ourselves to be Seen…

The Ted Talk by Dr Brene Brown on vulnerability has many connection to Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities and our life as educators. In her talk Dr Brown uses terms words such as – vulnerability, connections, compassion, courage, authenticity, worthiness, joy, creativity and belonging. Every time I view this talk it makes me laugh but also recognise the complexitites in our work but recently I have made quite a few links to the 3 powerful ideas underpinning CLLC. As we engage in the 3 powerful ideas we also embrace vulnerability and allow ourselves to be seen. In the CLLC project we encourage you to:

  • Show courage by telling your story
  •  Show compassion by being kind to yourself and believe that we are all worthy and able to contribute
  •  Make connections as a result of authenticity as it gives us purpose

In our professional learning communities we make connections and let ourselves be seen, we develop our sense of worthiness and collaborate with others. As we undertake participatory action research we collect stories and share these stories. Dr Brene Brown also tells us that allowing ourselves to live with such vulnerability also allows us to experience joy, creativity and belonging. Schools presenting their work CLLC work are not only letting themsleves be seen (vulnerable), but are also sharing their experience of joy, their creativity and sense of belonging.

One way to think about our work in CLLCis that it requires us to be involved Head work, Field work, Relational work and Text work (Erica McWilliam, 2009). I ask you to reflect on the school presentations today and consider the type of work they have been involved in.

  • Head work – what they have had to think about…
  • Field work – what they have had do…
  • Relational work – their collaboration, communication, negotiation…
  • Text work – what they have created to share knowledge…

In the CLLC project what work have you been involved in?