Laura Hansen
Laura Hansen's Reflection
Fri Dec 5, 2014 22:39

This semester conducting teacher action research helped me become more mindful and aware of my teaching practices and outcomes. I became more purposeful and felt committed to an intervention plan. In the article by Stremmel it is noted that the major difference between teacher research and teacher reflection is a commitment to a plan of data collection and the potential for the study to be shared on a wider basis. I understand the value that teacher action research holds for teachers as practitioners, particularly as we seek to have a voice in the larger academic world or even just to have the data to support our decisions and help encourage change. I do plan to engage in further inquiry to inform my teaching, however I may not do so to the extent of writing about the research. However, I will say that I would not be opposed to participating in a partnership in inquiry if the occasion should arise. While I enjoy reading research and learning new things, actually conducting research and writing about it is quite stressful for me. I would probably not initiate a study, but would be willing to participate or partner with someone else in a study.

I think that I can still carry many of the lessons I have learned about teacher research with me even if I do not conduct further study. I will continue to be a reflective practitioner. Another important lesson of teacher action was that of not only reflecting but then acting upon that reflection. I think that is what good teachers do on a regular basis. From teacher research, I also learned that carefully analyzing data can also help lead to instructional decisions to benefit students. I hope to maintain this practice in my teaching.

From this particular study, I learned that purposeful and carefully planned interventions lead to positive results. In particular I learned that word recognition should be practiced in context to help support carryover of word knowledge. I also saw first hand the importance of understanding the various phases of development of reading. It was very neat to be able to draw an awareness to this through my teaching and to able to see in practice what I had read about in theory in my graduate classes. I plan to continue to use similar components of the intervention we implemented, but I have to leave myself a little bit of wiggle room. Being an EC teacher, I am bound to IEP objectives and that tends to drive my instruction. As I am learning more about reading, the way I write objectives is beginning to evolve as well as I seek to make positive changes.

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