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 Hi CAR TL members. My name is Robyn Dorney and I am the T/L at Merriwa Central School, a split site school with a k-6 and a 7-12 library. I am in the scondary library 8.30 - 11, then go to Primary until 1pm, then back to the Secondary library from 1.20 - 3.30.

I used to teach all classes in the Primary until our numbers rose and we got a 6th teacher and as there are not 6 days in the school week, someone else had to take kinder.Each class has a hour a week in the library. I co operatively plan and teach in the secondary, especially 9/10 science who cover two research topics a term on a two year rotation.


I have not yet decided where to aim my project as there are a million and one decisions, the first one being Primary???or Secondary???


Have enjoyed reading everyones entries






 Well here we are post ASLA Conference and wasn't it fabulous!

As a result of the conference, and expecially after the Sunday session with Kirsty, Di and Linda on Action Research, the fog cleared and I could see a way of actually applying the principles of Action Research to our particular school situation.

Thank you all for being so patient and listening to the long and laboured delivery- such angst!


The first thing I had to do was to collect data to try to work out where people were at in terms of understanding the what and why of our action research project ( imposed as a result of a school review).

To my great surprise, staff were only too happy to participate and so I gather and collated the data, presented it at a staff meeting and as a result of that we now have action.




Term 2


Many thanks Di for the use of your Powerpoint. It is  fabulous!I delivered it to the k-12 staff on our Staff Development Day on Monday and there was lots of discussion and now people  are feeling a lot more comfortable with the "messy " and non linear nature of A.R.


Yesterday, when our criticla friend did not show for our staff meeting, the 7-12 teachers used that time in the library together to work on and actually complete assessment tasks ( new format etc ). As a result, there is generally a reduced level of angst and a greater level of understanding. For now.


Our messy action continues

Comments (4)

Anonymous said

at 9:07 pm on Sep 14, 2007

Hi Robyn, nice to see another person who works across Primary and Secondary. I would target the campus at which I spent the most time if I was you, unless there is something in particlular that you have developed or wish to develop on one site, not the other. The other option is to look at something that you do for both locations.

Anonymous said

at 10:14 am on Oct 6, 2007

Hi Robyn. Wow... your your Primary/ Secondary arrangement sounds exhausting. I sometimes wonder how people like yourself and Margaret manage to successfully spread themselves so widely across the curriculum (and physical space). And whilst it must be hard work, I'm sure you have a comprehensive and valuable overview of how the learning and teaching in your schools all fits seamlessly together from K-12. Do you see this an advantage in formulating a very long-term "guided enquiry" approach (across the years rather than within units of work)in your work with teachers?

Anonymous said

at 2:32 pm on Feb 11, 2008

Yes it is a bit of a challenge and unfortunately can lead to a "scatter gun" approach as you try to cover everything. Not a good approach.

My gun has now been reloaded with different ammo for as a result of a school review last year, the whole staff k-12 will be involved in the Action Research cycle for the year. All our PD time and money is going into it. the k-6 have a different focus to the 7-12 but amazingly every single staff member will be a part of this. We live in interesting times.

I have started using the LAngford capacity matrixes in some of the primary classes and the HT English has introduced them to his 7/8 classes and they love them, so we will continue to trial and use the different Langford tools along with rubrics and exlicit teaching and hope for great results

Anonymous said

at 6:19 pm on Apr 30, 2008

Thanks for keeping us informed Robyn. Amidst the messiness, you are making some real progress. Your story is a great example of how members of a learning community can support each other.

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