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Stacy
Stacy Long's Reflection
Sat Dec 6, 2014 13:34
152.26.228.54 (XFF: 128.109.16.158)

What I learned from the process is that I can make data into something that I can use. This has been a professional struggle for me since becoming a teacher. We have become a data driven society, and the school systems are no different. As someone who struggles with mathematical concepts, I did not realize that there were more literary ways to deal with the real and relevant data in my own classroom. I feel that we did what the textbook calls "personal and professional" research this time. We looked at how our teaching affects the students in a specific classroom setting. I am glad that we now have data that we can show to others that makes what we do more credible.
I also learned from this project, that we can solve problems that come up in our instruction and prove that we are solving them to others. I learned that the students will respond to interventions properly if I continue to make the interventions address their needs more specifically.
I plan to act on what I have learned by sharing with colleagues and continuing the same critical stance in looking at my own interventions. I feel that I followed the proper process that the reading outlined, and I also feel that my teaching has improved because of it.
I would like to do more research about the rigor of the assignments/practice that I give to my students. The question of partnership is an interesting one. I see the validity in having a partner, and Ashley was a great partner. I may choose to do a few more of these on my own to feel a bit more sure of myself, and then seek out partners again.
Further questions that I have relate to the article that we read. Now the we have done the first action research, how do we continue to improve the process in order to make our research more credible? The article referred to the criticism of scholarly studies as being too "narrow" in focus leaving out the reality of schools, and that teacher researchers are not taken seriously as having an application outside of their own classes. So how do we continue to improve our research in the classroom to make ourselves as credible as possible?

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