RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Amanda Solesbee
Reply to Atkinssh
Wed Dec 7, 2011 21:10

Just as you realized the importance of teacher research and what it is, I also realized the same. My view on research was just to look something up and try applying it. I never thought there was a cycle like explained in the article or a process of questioning the reason for your research to see if it is something that really needs to be changed or improved. I also learned what action research was, that was a new term for me during this course. I hope you are able to find others to research with in the future as we learned in the course how important it is to work with others. I thought I could do it alone in the beginning, but once we got started I realized how hard it would have been to complete the cycle and the results truly benefit my students. It is good to have feedback from others and to get their point of view. Like you said, we are given all these “tools” to help our students when really sometimes all they need is a pencil and a piece of paper. I am not going old fashioned, but sometimes people think technology is the answer to all reading problems or any problem in that matter. You can’t teach reading by just using technology. Dr. Morris and Dr. Schlagal once told our class a year ago that kids have to be taught to read by holding a book, and instructed by the teacher face to face. They need that interaction and the teacher needs to give that type of instruction. We are teachers, and for some reason we are viewed I think as less of a person when really we wouldn’t have success in this world without teachers educating our future leaders. Maybe one day people will realize that and teachers will be making more money and will be appreciated and respected more. It is sad, but during teacher appreciation week I know that my first year of teaching went from getting a bag of goodies and a few gifts from a few kids that could afford it- to now in my 4th year of teaching and I got a bag of trail mix. Not complaining too much, but sometimes just a nice card explaining why you are appreciated means more than random and odd gifts. The world has changed so much in what appreciation really is. Student learning is something so precious, and something that I couldn’t thank my past teachers enough for guiding me with.

  • What I Learned - atkinssh, Wed Dec 7 20:56
    There were many similarities between how my partner and I conducted our research and the way Stemmel described emperical research. Because our research included narratives and journal entries based... more
    • Re: What I Learned - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 14:16
      Sarah, Our thoughts are similar about what teachers are always doing- questioning and making changes based on observations. Now we have a more formal format by which to present our findings to those... more
      • Reply to Ruth Ann - atkinssh, Mon Dec 12 22:18
        I think you're right. We teach children to advocate for themselves...we need to advocate for ourselves as teachers. There's a certain amount of "stuff" that we'll always be required to do by our... more
    • Reply to Atkinssh - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 21:10
      • Reply to Amanda - atkinssh, Wed Dec 7 21:33
        I completely agree with you about the value of a simple act of appreciation, like, saying "Thank you." Sometimes people forget what a sincere "Thank you" can do for a teacher. We certainly didn't go... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011