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?
I was able to share with Josie that she was right about data collection. We are so focused these days on collecting as much data as we can that we sometimes don't do anything with it! I think this stems from the ease of collecting data with available technology. We are truly an information society. … Continue reading Week 1 Reflection
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?
What is my Philosophy of Adaptation? It was interesting to read other people's thoughts on their philosophy. I like Jim's concise phrases that would describe his philosophy, "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome". I feel the same way, but in a more blunt fashion, "Adapt, or Die." Like I stated in my blog, my communication is … Continue reading Week 13 Reflection
This week I will try to compile my philosophy of adaptation, which is really a fancy way of stating how I will adapt to change as a teacher, leader, and how to assist students in adapting to change. There is continuous talk about how our education system is in need of change, or an overhaul. … Continue reading Week 13: What is my Philosophy of Adaptation?
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 ? There is no qualms about the existence of disruption and coherence making in education today, even on a daily basis. I think … Continue reading Week 12 Reflection
What evidence am I collecting for my final project – and for what purpose? After reading Jim's blog about this weeks collection of evidence, we seem to have common views concerning formative assessments and how we seem to "catalog" in our minds each student's strengths and weaknesses related to math ability. It doesn't take much … Continue reading Week 12 Reflection
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?
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 ?
What are my challenges and successes in implementing my unit? I don't know quite what to report in this reflection that I didn't say in my original blog posting. It seems that I would repeat most of it. I read others blogs about their progress and they seem to have some successes and challenges. I … Continue reading Week 11 Reflection