RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Amanda Solesbee
reply to Carla B
Wed Dec 7, 2011 20:57
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I am glad you plan on continuing your research in your schools. I plan on doing the same in my school, and hopefully taking it to another level with teaching others about action research. Our students do need instruction that is at their level and with their learning style. Researching is what can help assist with questions a teacher might have about a way a student learns. I hope you are able to find partnerships to work with. I know you will really enjoy and learn from working with others on another action research topic as I know you have with this course. Just as you said, teachers do become more reflective when they get involved in research. They have to always think about what they are doing in their classrooms to be able to research what is needed. This is something that I am working on this year, and I have already noticed a big difference in my teaching style just from being more reflective. All of our projects for this course were called Empirical Research as discussed in your comment and the article. It was neat to relate the article to my own action research, and to see how much alike our research was with the article. I enjoyed listening to presentations and learning about new strategies just as you said, it was very rewarding and something I can use in the future when needed. Good luck with your future work and with finding a partner to work with on your research. We know after this course it is good to have someone else to work with to have different viewpoints and opinions to guide your research.

  • What Did I Learn? - beasleycm, Wed Dec 7 09:32
    After reading the Stremmel (2007) article on research, I learned that the process I used in researching was the same, or closely similar to his. I learned from the article that the type of teacher... more
    • reply to Carla - Sarah Hutson, Sun Dec 11 11:36
      I also found having a partner usful. Having someone who understands your study and questions made interpreting data so much easier. You got to have two (or sometimes three!) different opinions on how ... more
    • reply to Carla B - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 20:57
    • Addition to What I Learned - beasleycm, Wed Dec 7 09:36
      I also learned that research is a part of teaching. Teaching must be seen as reflection, questioning, and theorizing in order to help students. As the article points out, as a teacher, you are part... more
      • Re: Addition to What I Learned - beasleylm, Wed Dec 7 19:57
        I agree with Carla that I will continue to do research in my teaching career. It is very beneficial to our students because we are finding what is best for them. We are constantly reflecting,... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011