There are different situations that teachers face every day in the classroom; when a puzzling one comes, acting upon that immediately and based on our own beliefs turns into an instant decision that teachers may tend to make. However, is everything that is decided to be done to address an issue in the classroom always appropriate? If so, who says so?
In this panel it is intended to share the benefits that making informed decisions in the classroom under the Exploratory Action Research approach can bring to teachers and students’ performance. Four former Champion Teachers will share their experiences, perspectives and stories on the topic to get the audience to reflect and encourage them to research their classrooms.
About the Speakers:
Citlalli Arce Palacios is Formadora de inglés in Escuela Normal de Coatepec Harinas, México where she teaches English to teachers in training in two different BA programs.She participated in the Campion Teachers Programme for Normales in 2020.She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management (Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudios Avanzados sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo del Instituto Politécnico Nacional).She has taught at CELe UAEM (Centro de Enseñanza de Lenguas. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) since 2013. Additionally, she worked as SAC (Self Access Center) coordinator and Cultural Promotion and Media coordinator in the same institution.Citlalli also worked as teacher in TecMilenio High School (Metepec) were she taught English (ESL), and science-related subjects in both traditional and bilingual baccalaureate (2013-2017) and at CILC (Centro Internacional de Lengua y Cultura, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México), were she started her path as English teacher in 2006.She has published articles and book chapters about education, health and environmental issues.
Alejandra Castillo Rodriguez is an English Language teacher in Secondary School “Severino Ceniceros” at Cuencamé, Durango. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a major in English as a foreign Language from Benemerita y Centenaria Escuela Normal del Estado de Durango.Alejandra has participated in many courses in Mexico and the United States in universities such as Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma and University of Texas at Austin.Alejandra has shown interest in research since her early years at university level. She has the opportunity to take part in the Summer Research Programme for excellence students in Universidad de Guanajuato in 2015 and 2016 editions. She has some publications in the Educational field. Recently, she was part of the Champion Teachers Mexico Programme in 2019 where she was able to take the first step towards her goal of transforming her students into citizens of the world through the teaching and learning of both, English Language and Culture
Andrea Martínez Sandoval is an English teacher with a Master's in English Teaching. She has taken numerous courses and placements in the last decade, including summer courses with the University of Arkansas, the University of Texas, the University of South Wales and been a language assistant for a year in a UK school. More recently, she has been helping as a moderator on the Help Desk of Little Bridge, an online platform which is partnered with Chango Maniaco. She is also helping teach English to students at the University of Laguna Durango.
Omar Rugerio Pineda is an ICELT certified English language instructor at secondary education, a teacher educator at Escuela Normal de Amecameca, teacher training college in the State of Mexico, and the BBELT TR-SIG online events coordinator.One of his main interests relies on teacher-research, and it is because of that that he was part of the first cohort of the Champion Teachers Programme in Mexico in 2018, of which he then became a mentor in its edition for Escuelas Normales in 2019.Omar holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in English as a Foreign Language from Escuela Normal de Amecameca, a Master of Arts in Education from Universidad Tecnológica de México, a major in Digital Teaching from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla; he has studied English language and American Culture at Notre Dame of Maryland University and TESOL at Arizona State University.