RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Ruth Ann Timmons
eating elephant
Sun Dec 11, 2011 13:39

Lori, very well said! I lost count of how many times I reminded myself to, "just keeping taking one bite of the elephant at a time!" It has been a meaningful challenge to juggle it all this semester- including a new baby for me.
Empirical research is more attractive to me as well. Although I feel I have a better understanding of the overall process of research, I too enjoy reading the studies that are more pertinent to those of us who are, as you said, "in the trenches."
Since I have been on maternity leave during much of this process, I have yet to utilize and incorporate the daily additional reflection in my routine that I learned to appreciate even more thanks to my findings. I do however look forward to being back with my students full-time and watching their growth over all subjects, not just the few hours I was able to spend with them in order to conduct this research.
Common Core, from what I've heard so far, is change in a hurry. I just hope that our voices will be heard as we initiate this change within our classrooms. Inquiry research and our experiences with it should come in handy in the near future as we continue to stand up for what we know and find out works best for our kids!

  • What did I learn? - Lori Vestal, Fri Dec 9 19:02
    I learned a tremendous amount of information this semester not only about teaching, but what good research involves. I have learned that research takes work, but when you are in the middle of it, you ... more
    • eating elephant - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 13:39
      • response to Ruth Ann - Lori Vestal, Mon Dec 12 19:40
        Congratulations on your new little one. You have been a very busy person with a lot to juggle. I am still working on journaling all the time, but what I do helps makes lessons plans and constant... more
    • Re: What did I learn? - Nakita Carson, Sat Dec 10 12:59
      Lori I completely agree! Too many times others do the research then bring it back to teachers and classrooms and say this is what research says and this is what you are suppose to do. I get tired of... more
    • Re: Lori - burchamal, Sat Dec 10 07:57
      I agree with everything! This course has made me look at research in an entirely different way. I agree that after completing this research I am definitely more reflective after instruction and when... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011