St. Christopher’s faculty are undertaking Action Research projects to further the understanding of best practices for boys. The boys themselves play a vital role in the process by providing feedback on their experiences.


2018-19 Theme

Saints Action Research team will explore the theme of Boys and Stories: Pathways to Learning during the 2018-19 school year. Check back soon for more information on this exciting initiative.


Past Action Research Projects

2017-18: Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World

The 2017-18 Saints Action Research theme focused on Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World. Adaptable people possess a capacity to respond to uncertainty, change, and novelty, often with a positive attitude. They are further characterized by their creativity, resilience, and flexibility. In a competitive, high-achieving learning environment, our boys face many pressures, often dedicating time outside of school for extra tutors and coaches in an attempt to improve academic or athletic performance. There is little time left for the development of skills that foster adaptability. This year’s research projects prompted teachers to incorporate concepts such as mindfulness and reflection, academic resilience, curiosity, and creative and flexible thinking into lessons in order to qualitatively measure how these skills affected adaptability in our boys. CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.

2016-17: Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups

Action research is research driven by one teacher in his classroom investigating a component of his practice he wants to grow.  The essential skill of collaboration is incorporated into all parts of of the curriculum; however, research indicates that boys often do not work particularly well in groups and may lack the necessary skills to do so.  This study will test methods of teaching boys to recognize, respect, and maximize the different personalities and approaches to learning within a group in order to create engaging and innovative learning experiences. The goal is to find solidarity in Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups. CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.

2015-16: The Voices of Boys

CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.

Saints Action Research 2017-2018 Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World

The 2017-18 Saints Action Research theme focused on Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World. Adaptable people possess a capacity to respond to uncertainty, change, and novelty, often with a positive attitude. They are further characterized by their creativity, resilience, and flexibility. In a competitive, high-achieving learning environment, our boys face many pressures, often dedicating… Read more

2017-16: COLLABORATION AND THE POWER OF SUCCESSFUL LEARNING GROUPS

Meet the 2016-2017 Saints Action Research Team Amy Burlein (Second Grade Teacher): Collaboration, Choice, and a Love of Reading: As the parent of a second grade boy who only read because he had to, I wanted to try a different take on DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time in an attempt to motivate and excite my… Read more

Relational Teaching with Lower School Boys: What Works for Teachers, Boys, and Parents

We have identified what works for boys in grades 6-12, but how are these findings similar or different for younger boys? From 2014-2016, St. Christopher’s participated in a research cohort of four primary schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia to tackle this question.  Through parent surveys and focus groups, teacher surveys and interviews,… Read more

The Voices of Boys (Research Projects 2016)

Laura Ambrogi (Lower School): Motivating Writers Your students are happy to discuss the books they read, but writing about it is often a very different story. Wouldn’t it be great to find a way to convert reluctant writers into boys who describe writing as ‘fun’? Find out about a powerful approach to reading responses that… Read more