Emily Fox
Numbers are not my thing either!
Thu Oct 30, 2014 18:25

Tavia, I totally agree with you. I chose reading as a specialty focus for a reason!

This chapter leaves me feeling a variety of ways. I am relieved to be reminded that this process is much more "real-life" than what I usually think of as "research". It brought it back down to earth for me, to realize again that the purpose of this is for me to alter my teaching based on my students' performance. The four questions breaks it down nice and clear how to think about all of the data.

This chapter also left me a little nervous about the entire process of coding. It is nice to hear others on the thread who seem to have started doing this, say that it has been very beneficial. I was confused by what coding really was when we had to listen to the lecture, but this chapter helps clarify a bit. I feel like it may be a huge undertaking and I hope to do it correctly.

I am wondering if our question changes or our approaches change, does that skew any of our data at all? Is it possible that a change made to the study is too big of a change? Is it possible for our data to be inconclusive at the end of study because of different variables?

  • Data analysis - catheyt, Thu Oct 30 17:20
    I actually was a bit relieved after reading this chapter. I am in a reading program for a reason!! Numbers is not my thing. Analyzing the data throughout the study makes the task seem more... more
    • Re: Data analysis - kimeljk, Sat Nov 1 09:29
      Cathey, At first, I had some of the same concerns you did, but once I dove in and started analyzing the data it wasn't that bad. As teachers we analyze data everyday whether or not we record it. When ... more
    • Analyzing vs themes - Rachel Yakey, Fri Oct 31 19:51
      Oh! I feel almost the opposite. Reading this chapter did make me feel a lot better because I think analyzing the data to be the easiest for our study not the themes. May I ask what themes are popping ... more
      • themes - catheyt, Sun Nov 2 17:28
        Rachel, Our study has really pointed out the connections between initial consonant recognition and the word concepts. Its interesting because its going along nicely with our other class, Beginning... more
        • RE themes - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 2 20:09
          Thank you Tavia, That helps. I just think that our question is very large and that this small of a study combined with my years of teaching, makes it harder to answer. We are trying to figure out how ... more
    • Numbers are not my thing either! - Emily Fox, Thu Oct 30 18:25
      • numbers - noltja 65, Sun Nov 2 09:08
        Yes, I agree that I was a bit intimidated by the idea of collecting lots of numerical data. Luckily, once we got into the groove of our project, it all seemed much more doable than I had originally... more
      • numbers and changes - Melissa Boyd, Sat Nov 1 16:02
        Emily, I have the same questions. The data summary really helped to focus our study but also led to some changes in interventions. Laura and I discussed this at length what effects this might have on ... more
        • Changes are data too - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 2 10:00
          After thinking on this question a few days, I am reminded that the purpose of this research study is to do what is best for our students, based on our findings of the project. If what we begin isn't... more
          • Re: Changes are data too - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 2 22:19
            Emily, I agree that making changes to instruction is data. We do this inherently, almost without noticing, and sometimes multiple times a day. I think that this type of research is giving us the... more
          • data and changes - catheyt, Sun Nov 2 17:24
            I agree with you Emily. Our teaching has to grow and change with our students. This is not how I would typically think about research, but it makes a lot of sense for this class. As long as we... more
          • Only natural - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 2 16:15
            I agree Emily! It seems only natural that if something doesn't seem to be producing positive results or somethings doesn't appear to be working in our classrooms, we make change. I like how you... more
      • Great Questions - Rachel Yakey , Fri Oct 31 19:59
        Emily, I have been wondering the same things. I love collecting the data and get a feel for the needs of my students and even seeing improvement in such a short time. But what if all of this data... more
      • beneficial but not miraculous - Stacy, Fri Oct 31 13:30
        Coding made me feel better about things, however, I am not sure that I am doing it properly. I just feel better about getting unto the data and seeing what kind of sense it will make. I was very... more
        • I love tables! - noltja 65, Sun Nov 2 09:10
          I love tables because everything is presented right in front of me to compare which works much better for my brain!! It just seems much more obvious to me. My problem with coding is that I am... more
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