The Power of the Pursuit:
How Teacher Inquiry Leads to Intentional Learning
While our findings are not about the solution in some absolute sense (after all, three separate solutions are presented here), we did discover that all roads led to the process of inquiry. Therefore, we hope our work encourages educators in all subject areas to consider pursuing change in the classroom by starting with a clear articulation of the problem. Because our pursuit of change occurred in our individual basic skills writing classrooms, in articulating our common problem, we discovered that too often students write ineffectively without authenticity, detail, or depth. Our mutual problem therefore can be stated as "How can we motivate students to make their writing more authentic, engaging, and effective?"
As teacher/researchers we hope to encourage instructors in every discipline to begin a process of inquiry. Because we are instructors of English, our site will demonstrate our process of inquiry and offer unique tools which address the following question: How does an instructor weave apparently separate aspects of writing into a cohesive process approach that employs intentional learning to motivate students and allows the instructor to become a more intentional teacher?
We call this the Solution. Read on so you too can discover the power of the Solution.