Thank you for your participation thus far! We have enjoyed reading your thoughts about inquiry! For this week, we will discuss chapters four and five which focus on data. Please feel free to share your thinking about these chapters and/or use some of the prompts below.
Specific Chapter Prompts:
Share your thinking about the chapters. You may want to consider one or more of the following prompts below:
We look forward to reading your responses! Thank you!
2/21/2020 05:15:01 pm
In Chapters 4 & 5, Mary and I wanted to invite readers along as the teachers in our book decided how to collect data on the strategies they were trying out, and how to analyze that data. The goal for each of them, overall, was to determine if the strategies they were trying out were working. Based on that, they would either continue what they were doing, make adjustments, or try something different. We wanted to demonstrate that data collection can be an authentic part of what a teacher does, and includes many more options than test scores. We also wanted to convey that colleagues can be very helpful in coming up with data collection strategies, and serving as a sounding board during the analysis process. We hope you'll share your reactions to any or all of the scenarios in these chapters.
RITA A SORRENTINO
2/23/2020 12:59:40 pm
Whatif by Shel Silverstein was always a good writing activity for journals in my classroom. As in the Janet Wong poem, Jenna In Our Writing Journal that concludes Chapter 3, students responded well to brainstorming in serious, silly or focused ways to extend thinking and imagine possibilities. It provided a space for thinking outside the box, for collecting leads for research, and for exploring thinking about change.
2/24/2020 05:34:51 pm
Rita, I had forgotten about that Shel Silverstein poem -- what a great connection! The "what-if" question stem can be used in so many different ways. You shared great examples. It also leads naturally to planning for data collection, because, as a teacher, you want to know how your "what-if" idea or strategy is working. Data collection and analysis has taken on a negative connotation to many teachers, for many reasons, but I think we all want authentic, realistically-attainable feedback about the connection between our teaching and our students' learning.
2/29/2020 07:42:26 am
When thinking about data collection, I would categorize my topic about trying to determine how to increase engagement when using online learning systems as still in the research phase. I'm trying to read research to determine what other educators have done and what theories are present. After I synthesize all the information, I'll be ready to implement a few strategies. Once this occurs, I'll be observant and ask my students for feedback to determine how to continue to be responsive to their learning styles.
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