Week 2: How is Qualitative Research a good lens through which to view classroom research?

According to Dr. Leslie Curry, qualitative research is “a strategy for systematic collection, organization, and interpretation of phenomena that are difficult to measure quantitatively.” (2015)  We are interested in deep understanding of patterns of behavior, group interactions, and individual perceptions.  Center for Research Quality further describes this as attaining meaning and understanding of complex social … Continue reading Week 2: How is Qualitative Research a good lens through which to view classroom research?

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Week 1: What is classroom research and how can it improve technology integration in my classroom?

What is classroom research?  Another phrase that can describe this type of study is action research.  “Action research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers, principals, school counselors or other stakeholders in the teaching/learning environment to gather information about how their schools operate, how they teach and how well their students learn. In short, … Continue reading Week 1: What is classroom research and how can it improve technology integration in my classroom?

Week 12: What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose?

When I first developed this unit, I made the mistake of administering a pre-made test developed by the textbook company that can be used to assess students on their prior knowledge of the standards I am focusing on (pre-test).  Unfortunately, after careful review of the questions in this test, it didn't quite cover all the … Continue reading Week 12: What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose?

Week 12: Consider your own context within your school and with your mentee. How can understanding of controlled disruption and coherence making impact your leadership of peers at this time, and at this level ?

Controlled disruption? Coherence making?  I didn't know how to address this week's essential question, but after our Twitter session, and further reading, these phrases have  become a little more understandable.  Fullan states "Productive disturbance is likely to happen when it is guided by moral purpose" (2001)  I think we need to think of this controlled … Continue reading Week 12: Consider your own context within your school and with your mentee. How can understanding of controlled disruption and coherence making impact your leadership of peers at this time, and at this level ?