Week 7: What are the most important things to remember when observing your students?

After reading the resources for this essential question, having the teacher be the observer puts a little bias towards the observation process.  The teacher is quite involved with the students in a very powerful way.  The students are very much affected by the mere presence of the teacher.  I think the teacher, when making observations … Continue reading Week 7: What are the most important things to remember when observing your students?

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Week 6: What are the most important things to remember in conducting interviews?

The infographic above is mostly based on Turner's practical guide, but the other sources give similar information.  I liked the title of the article because it indicated that it is a guide for "novice" investigators! Farber discussed another significant piece of the interview process that can be categorized as observations which can include studying personal … Continue reading Week 6: What are the most important things to remember in conducting interviews?

Week 5: How will data collection ‘look’ for me? What challenges am I anticipating?

For my research project, data collection will be two-fold.  I am interested in gathering data on how my method of using technology is affecting their grade in my math class.  Daily assignments and periodical assessments will be recorded automatically in the online web resource I am using so there should be no issue with collecting … Continue reading Week 5: How will data collection ‘look’ for me? What challenges am I anticipating?

Week 3: What will you have to know and do to begin your research?

After getting notification of the format of our action research assignment from my instructor, it was clear that there are five particular parts that are required for my research.  They are Introduction Literature Review Questions to be addressed Methodology Results with discussion The topic I have chosen for my action research is computer-based math.  At … Continue reading Week 3: What will you have to know and do to begin your research?

Week 2 Reflection

It was nice to read my colleagues' blogs about this week's topic on qualitative research and it's relation to classroom research.  They had their own perspective on its importance in education, specifically the classroom teacher.  I have to admit that this week's essential question caught me off guard.  As a math teacher for many years, … Continue reading Week 2 Reflection