RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Tonya Isenhour
what did I learn
Tue Dec 6, 2011 12:13

After taking this research class, I have learned that research does not have to be an "enormus" project only conducted in classrooms with professors making the assignment and studnents doing the work. As a teacher, I am constantly doing informal research with my classes, different grade levels, and lessons. As a teacher, I am indentifing with what works well, what can I do betterand what is most current in my field. Staying informed as a teacher is key in always challenging yourself and your students. My "research" may be simple and informal but it allows me to make ajustments when neccessary and allows me to mature as a professional which is crucial for my student's growth. Also, as a researcher, I discovered that the more focused you are on your topic and keeping the subject centered around one or two questions makes the process a lot easier. By using those boundaries, you will not get overwhelmed by all the materials, information and resources that are available.

My research project on boy's reading interest was simple but eye opening toward the growing number of boys who just lose interest in reading. This is valuable knowledge to educators by keeping their students engaged in reading will help all areas of that student's education. My research project results fell in line with what the research was showing. My students had not reached the point of not finding reading rewarding or just for academic purposes. If time aloud I would like to continue to do my reading club but I can not continue to pull students from their regular classroom. If I get a chance to teach in a language arts setting, I will apply the research to my male students and I will do reading clubs.

By being a part of the reading masters program, I have learned so much about literacy and how as a PE teacher I can be apart of that educational process even in my domain. My goal is to be the best teacher I can be whether it is in a traditional classroom setting or in PE.

    • Response to Tonya - sarah patten, Tue Dec 6 21:06
      I think you said it right-teachers continually make "adjustments" to their teaching in trying to make connections with a child. The research does not have to be overwhelming, but it does need to... more
      • Re: Response to Tonya - Nakita Carson, Thu Dec 8 19:38
        I agree! Teachers must research and readjust in the name of improving student performance.
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