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Chapter 4: Text Review 3
 
Two ideas that I will certainly use in my classroom in the future are the student survey component and student talk as a focus.  I normally give a reading interest survey at the beginning of the school year to aid in the process of determining what additional books I might add to my class library.  However from looking at the mid-year scenario, I see how this tool can be used to shape my instruction and make the class more student-friendly.  I foresee myself using different types of surveys for different purposes throughout the year from determining reading interests to advance guides for units of studies or books; from generating data as a pre-write for a persuasive paper to a during reading activity. 
In terms of the talking piece, I have students who can verbally express themselves better then they can in writing.  I’m not quite sure how I can get the most out of the interview process, however I will definitely use it as a prewrite for a persuasive unit and also when the activity has ended I will use it to consolidate my students learning and as a measure to generate data to aid in preparation for the next unit.

AR PLAN Update:
Kaylee and I have been working on our AR plan, on the topic of PBIS. I've came across some interesting resources and articles for the literature review, many of which I have gotten side-tracked on because there is such a wealth of information! I would love to hear what others are finding while they are working on their reviews, this has been part that has been most enjoyable for me so far. :)

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Two ideas mentioned in chapter four that I can see myself using in my classroom are: surveys and inventories, and audio and video recording. I feel that I could utilize the surveys and inventories to increase communication with my parents at the beginning of the school year, as well as with my students to see what they think about different topics and ideas we are using in class. I could use this data to shape how I am covering material in class, as well as possibly what type of material or topics are most interesting to my students.  As for the audio and video recordings, I feel that these could be very helpful not only to keep track of key points made by students during a discussion, but also to reflect on my own teaching style. During my student teaching I was really dreading the whole idea of being video recorded; however, it turned out to be very insightful for me. I feel that by doing more of this in the future I will learn more about myself as  teacher.

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Anyone coaches out there looking to take on the questions of:

What are some possible academic and social impacts of participating in varsity athletics at the high school level? How do you as a student-athlete view yourself in the athletic community? How do you view yourself in the academic community? What do you believe your role is within the school? within the community?

These are just some ideas I had this morning during breakfast! 
If interested please let me know on here or through email (cconklin@ashland.edu) 
-Thanks, Chris

Activity 6 Response

If I were teaching Physical Education and coaching football/basketball/baseball like I currently am, I would be reluctant to participate in such a project. The time commitment required to correctly complete this type of project would be greatly sacrificed and not fulfilled to my satisfaction which would hinder my fellow researchers. I believe this is a valuable topic that can improve the efficiency of the schools teacher and administrative team that will benefit progress towards Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s). 

Two issues that should be addressed by these researchers are:
1. At what point does research of teacher collaboration take away from the importance and effort of student instruction?
2. How do we protect against unintentional use of classroom power by instructors that are interviewing students?

The potential benefits of the study do out weigh the potential ethical issues. I believe that researchers can utilize given time to come together to analyze findings and discuss research on a weekly basis.  Researchers will have to use time management skills to give themselves extra recording opportunities. Researchers will need to have a balance between gathering data through observation and interviews, eliminating chances for directed responses by the interviewee. In the end, the collaboration of teachers in research will only improve student achievement, not take away from it. 

The two ideas from Chapter 4 which I currently use in my classroom are ‘Interviews’ and ‘Audio/Video Recording’.  An explanation of each idea is provided below…

Interviews:  A vital part of my teaching methods in the classroom uses the idea of conducting interviews.  There are many ways I use or adapt interviews in the classroom setting.  First, I practice ‘job interviews’ with my students.  Students are prepared with what types of questions could be asked to them while interviewing for a real job (after high school).  Students also have to identify appropriate clothing, etiquette, etc.  Another way I adapt interviews is to give the class a topic (ex: attitude in the work force) and allow for a student-student interview.  This allows me to be the mediator while watching my students interact with one another.  The data/information collected helps me with understanding strengths/weaknesses with each of my students.  Also, it provides a way for me to analyze my lessons and what changes can be made to help improve them in the future. 
 
Audio/Video Recording:  I love to use this type of strategy in my classroom.  Learning styles are a very important part to consider when teaching lessons in the classroom.  Almost every one of my students in the classroom is a ‘visual learner’.  By recording my students while presenting projects, having conversations with classmates, etc. it allows me to visually show the students and provide them with feedback on what they did correct and what areas still need to demonstrate improvement.  As a teacher, my hope is that my students will identify their mistakes and make appropriate changes for the next time around.  Also, ‘public speaking’ (having and building confidence) is very important.  At first, students tend to be very nervous when presenting, but over time they start getting used to being recorded when presenting.  This data provides immediate feedback to all students in my classroom.
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