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Ashley Pennell
Re: Will and Jessica's presentation
Sun Nov 23, 2014 21:04
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I think your research was highly interesting! I love that you were able to incorporate use of technology into your intervention. Not only was this an engaging strategy for your students, but it sounds like the Music Tutor app was of high quality! I am highly impressed with your results -- the data display comparing your focus group students to the control group shows the effectiveness of the app.. Wow! Will, do you plan to continue using Music Tutor in your classroom? I also enjoyed seeing your data comparing the initial and final fluency scores for your students...what great progress. Were the 3 students who made significant growth in fluency scores receiving any additional reading support outside of regular classroom reading instruction?

You all had a successful research project. Great job tackling a difficult study :)

  • Will and Jessica's presentation - koppenhaverd, Sun Nov 16 13:20
    Discuss Will and Jessica's presentation here. Have a true discussion. Ask them questions or make comments about their presentation. Compare their work to your own research or teaching experience.... more
    • Presentation - Candie Hedrick, Sat Nov 29 15:37
      I loved your presentation. It was something different. You were able to use music, reading, and technology all together to further the students education. You did a great job. I like the Music Tutor... more
    • Re: Will and Jessica's presentation - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 11:48
      I love the way you used the students reading data in your study. Not only did your students make growht in their note knowledge but some of them increased their reading scores also. I like the way... more
      • Re: Tracy - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:00
        Hi Tracy, I believe that the Music Tutor is definitely helping the students to play. It was hard to test that because music fluency is just one aspect of playing. They have to have coordination,... more
      • Music Tutor - noltja, Wed Nov 26 20:39
        Tracy, Thanks for your comment. We used the Music tutor app to teach students rapid identification of the notes. Once children were able to identify the letters on the staff, they received... more
    • Presentation - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 20:59
      What an interesting study! I liked how you connected trends in music fluency to reading fluency. Your presentation helped me develop a clear understanding of what your study entailed. I really... more
      • teacher impressions - noltja, Mon Nov 24 21:17
        Laura, I am also curious about this piece of the study. Hopefully we will have all of this date by tomorrows class. We will definitely include this in our research paper!
    • Response to Will and Jessica - Ashley Carter, Mon Nov 24 13:22
      I have been so excited to see what your research found! I think there are so many valid and strong connections between music education and academic performance. I was pleased to see that you found a... more
      • RE: Ashley - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:05
        Hi Ashley, I found this app to be very similar to flashcards, but it was much more fun for the student because it was presented on an Ipad. The Ipad automatically records and tracks data, so that is... more
      • Apps - noltja, Mon Nov 24 20:38
        Ashley, Thanks for your message! There are definitely lots of phonics and sight word apps. I've been reluctant to let my own children spend too much time on these but they surely exist. My youngest... more
    • Re: Will and Jessica's presentation - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 21:04
      • Music Tutor - noltja, Sun Nov 23 22:31
        Thanks for your message. I'll let Will speak for himself, but we are both pretty much in love with the music tutor app. We were also pleased with our results. The three students that are not labeled... more
        • Fluency - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 20:20
          You certainly should be proud of their results...this goes to show how other areas can directly impact reading ability. You (collectively) should take a lot of the credit for those students' fluency... more
          • RE: Ashley and reading support - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:09
            Good question Ashley! NO additional reading support from the 3 students who improved. I agree with you in the fact that this study should advocate for my contributions to their reading success.... more
    • Correlations - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 19:07
      I thought your presentation was brilliant. I like the use of the video in displaying the I-pad app. I wonder if the correlations could be extended to older students. I mean, do you think that the... more
      • Re: Stacy - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 21:08
        Hi Stacy, YES to your speculations! Music fluency leads to many higher level thinking skills, and builds inference and application. The problem with proving all of these things becomes apparent when... more
      • older students - noltja, Mon Nov 24 20:55
        Stacy, Thanks for your compliments! I most definitely believe that further music training can lead to higher order thinking and our research also supports this. We are doing our students such a... more
    • Music and Reading - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 16:26
      What an interesting study! When my children were young, they attending a program called KinderMusic. So much of what they learned helped them when they went to school. I saw improvements in... more
      • RE: Melissa-reading in reg classroom - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 20:41
        Hi Melissa, This is a good question that we didn't think about! Honestly didn't even think to get that info...I will incorporate that into our qualitative teacher data in our paper.
      • similarities - noltja, Mon Nov 24 20:58
        Will did a great job of comparing the building blocks of music to reading and math. He explained how important the foundations of learning to read notes was to future success in music. The students... more
        • connections - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 17:45
          i love that your study highlighted the connections between music and reading. This could be an argument for having beginning band in elementary school.
    • Response to Will and Jessica - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 12:15
      This was a very interesting research study. Your presentation was organized very well and you presented your data in an eye pleasing way. The music in the beginning was an excellent touch as well. It ... more
      • reply to Susan - noltja, Sun Nov 23 22:27
        I love songs to teach multiplication. It makes the tough concept of memorizing much more fun and endurable. We did not implement any reading interventions but we can't overlook the EC teacher and... more
        • re jessica - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 18:10
          Just a side thought. But one of the music teachers in our county uses repetitive big books in her class to improve fluency. Instead of just reading it, they sing the words and use musical instruments ... more
          • big books - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 17:54
            i love this idea using big books. I have used picture books of well-known songs, rhymes, and poems for helping with fluency. I am going to try the big books and borrow some instruments from the music ... more
          • big books - noltja 65, Mon Nov 24 18:20
            What a great idea! What grades does she do this for? General music or strings? Thanks for sharing.
            • re Big Books - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 21:14
              I think the activity she showed us was for a 1st or 2nd grade class. But she said she did similar activities with her older students. It was a general music class but it just reminded me of how... more
    • Music and Reading - hodgete, Sat Nov 22 10:19
      I really enjoyed the overall research study. You always hear the students who can play musical instruments typically have better reading scores. Before reading your research, I had not really ever... more
      • ipad app - noltja 65, Sat Nov 22 20:48
        Thanks for your response. Yes, the app was very popular with the students and we felt that a video would allow others to understand the main concept of our research. It was hard to explain that... more
        • Video - Candie Hedrick, Sat Nov 29 16:39
          I really appreciated the video of the student using the Music Tutor app. When Tracy and I read the previous material before this presentation, the music tutor app confused us a little. It is like you ... more
    • Response to Presentation - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 08:20
      After also playing the violin since 5th grade, I found your study very interesting. I have always thought that music helps student develop a lot of skills that transfer to other areas and subjects. I ... more
      • RE: Rachel - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:17
        Hi Rachel, I'm going to try and get this data after the Thanksgiving break....you know how teachers can drag on non-imperative tasks, especially favors from other teachers. From conversation, it... more
        • Results - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 30 16:48
          Thank you, I will look for it there.
      • teacher responses - noltja 65, Sat Nov 22 20:55
        We were still waiting on results/answers from teachers at the time that we created the presentation so that piece of the project will be included in our paper. I am also curious about their... more
        • Confidence - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 12:57
          I think a lot of confidence was gained through being successful in music. And I think your research showed that - especially with the comments from the students about them raising hands, etc. I think ... more
    • Re: Will and Jessica's presentation - Kasey Gaines, Fri Nov 21 16:41
      This was a very interesting research study. I had never thought about how similar reading and music were before. It makes sense that success in music would correlate to success in other subjects and... more
      • reading instruction - noltja 65, Sat Nov 22 21:01
        Thanks for your comment, Kasey. We used only music interventions for this project. We only had 40 minutes each week which seemed to fly by. We also were able to arrange for students to practice on... more
    • Response - Emily Fox, Thu Nov 20 20:03
      As a musician, I was very intrigued to see your presentation and hear your findings. While I have my own personal opinions of how music and academic performance correlate, it is nice to have research ... more
      • Re: Emily - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 21:04
        Thanks for the comments Emily. I'll definitely be gathering a survey of the curriculum of ELA instruction during this time to incorporate into our paper. I hope we didn't assert the notion too... more
      • response - noltja, Thu Nov 20 22:10
        Thanks for your comment Emily. Yes, the music tutor app is an awesome tool. We did not give any additional reading instruction to our students, it was purely music intervention. I most definitely... more
    • Re: Will and Jessica's presentation - kimeljk, Wed Nov 19 11:12
      Will and Jessica I love that you connected music and the effects it has on reading. I can tell that your research was very through and complex and you did a great way explaining that and giving... more
      • RE: Math integration - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:14
        That would be for an entirely different research course! I actually am more naturally able to incorporate math into music (rhythms, note intervals, music theory IS math!) This study was a great way... more
      • math and small groups - noltja 65, Wed Nov 19 13:07
        Thanks Jenni! It really was a stretch for me to focus our research on music but I ended up learning right along with the kids! I would typically pull students for 5-10 minutes but sometimes longer if ... more
        • Re: math and small groups - kimeljk, Mon Nov 24 15:07
          Jessica, Yes, I am very interested to see the correlation between math and music. Maybe an idea for another research project?! The results of your research make me want to incorporate music into my... more
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