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Rachel Yakey
Natural Form/Sources
Wed Oct 1, 2014 21:29
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I have been worried about this myself, because I can't rely on someone to help cover my class to take what I would considered formal data (IRI, etc.). My thoughts have been that the most natural form would be to do what we teachers do, which is observe and then reflect on what the students are doing based on what we are trying to get them to learn, understand, use effectively, etc.

For example, with the journals that you and Susan want to analyze. That is something that you would have already been looking at and noticing trends to help you teach. "Wow, these guys/gals are really using a lot of great 2nd grade vocabulary." Or "They are still not putting in vocabulary that I know we have covered in class, I wonder why not?" etc.

I do think there is such a thing as too many sources. I can use three or four ways to reflect on my teaching, but I can also wear myself out if I am trying to accomplish too much data collection in a day.

  • Initial Data Collection Thoughts - Emily Fox, Wed Oct 1 18:55
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    • data collection - hodgete, Sat Oct 4 10:28
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    • Re: Initial Data Collection Thoughts - kimeljk, Thu Oct 2 11:52
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    • Natural Form/Sources - Rachel Yakey, Wed Oct 1 21:29
    • observation chart - Laura Hansen, Wed Oct 1 20:11
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      • student observations - Melissa Boyd, Wed Oct 1 20:28
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    • too many sources of data? - noltja, Wed Oct 1 19:53
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    • thoughts - Melissa Boyd, Wed Oct 1 19:49
      Emily, I agree with your comments about taking field notes. It has helped me to adjust and focus my teaching. I really liked the idea of student interviews. I think this would be a quick,... more
      • interviews and conferences - Stacy, Sat Oct 4 08:04
        For the purposes of this research endeavor, are student interviews and conferences similar or something completely different? I want to write up the proposal correctly, so I want to make sure I use... more
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