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Rachel Yakey
Sat Sep 6, 2014 06:18

I am new to this teacher research idea like everyone one else and I am wishing for a more concrete example. However, I feel like I have perhaps done some teacher research albeit accidentally. You asked for an example and I thought about the time that we were including SRA Decoding program into a remediation time for our students. That year our students saw an average of 9 points growth. Intrigued, my colleague and I wondered what this would mean if the whole school (6-8th grades) used the program. We then studied that students and their data from their test scores. We looked at the students that we had in our classes and began to group them in different ways. Weaknesses/Strengths. Reading level. Growth level etc. It was really insightful and helpful when we took it the meetings and said, "Look this program really worked for these type of students and here is why." I'm not sure if that is exactly teacher research but it seems like it. :) Rachel

  • Teacher Action Research - Laura Hansen, Thu Sep 4 21:32
    I read this chapter a few times as I tried to develop an understanding of teacher research. I originally thought much like Melissa that teachers do "research" regularly, finding new ideas and trying... more
    • Re: Teacher Action Research - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Sat Sep 6 12:56
      I also had the same initial though about what a teacher reseacher was. After reading this chapter I learned their is an intentional and systmatic way to being a teacher researcher.
    • Example - Rachel Yakey, Sat Sep 6 06:18
      • Example reply - Laura Hansen, Sat Sep 6 20:31
        Rachel, That is really great that you were able to look at your students' data reflectively and were able to determine it effectiveness with groups of students. I could understand that as an example... more
    • RE: Teacher Action Research - Ashley Carter, Fri Sep 5 21:14
      I also thought that action research referred to the "research" that teachers are doing, what seems like, every day in their classrooms as they teach. It seems to be a little more in depth than that,... more
      • Special Education - Laura Hansen, Sat Sep 6 20:37
        I agree with you about the benefit of looking at individual situations deeply. I also am a special education teacher and see great value in reflecting on what works and doesn't especially for... more
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