Thursday, August 4, 2011

Revised Action Research Plan - Week 4

Action Plan
Goal: Increase deeper level of understanding using more engaging curriculum

1)      In what ways will the creation of more engaging and exciting lessons increase student learning at a deeper level?
2)      In what ways will using differentiated instruction meet the needs for all learners as well as prepare them for the new state assessment?
3)      How can the 5E model work into creating the curriculum?

Action Steps(s):
Person(s) Responsible:
Timeline: Start/End
Needed Resources
Discuss action research topic with site supervisor.

Kristi Guest & Sharon Zabloski
July 2011
Internship Plan Draft
Action Research Plan
Build spreadsheet for recording data, including past two TAKS scores, math class averages for the past two years, six weeks’ benchmark scores, semester averages, 2012 TAKS score

Kristi Guest
August 18, 2011
Ready to use Recording Sheet
Create a survey that asks how students learn best and decide on an interest or personality test.
Kristi Guest
August 1 – August 15, 2011
Computer, survey monkey or clickers
Ready to use survey and interest inventory or personality test.
Review 2010-2011 curriculum and revise 2011-2012 curriculum based on 5E Model
Kristi Guest, MMA Curriculum Team
August 2011 – May 2012
-2010-2011 Curriculum
-5E Model

Curriculum Team’s agreement and Site supervisor’s approval of curriculum changes
Choose the students for study (Group 1: Concepts of Math students from 2009-2010 who took Geometry in 2010-2011, now taking MMA   & Group 2: Concepts of Math students from 2010-2011, who are taking MMA before Geometry)
Kristi Guest & Sharon Zabloski
August 22 – September 2, 2011
-Roster of students
Recording Sheet with names of 10  students from each Group
Record past two TAKS scores and the math class averages for the past two years
Kristi Guest
September 2, 2011
AWARE data, & student files
Recording Sheet with current data
Give students survey and have students take interest inventory or personality test.
Kristi Guest
August 22 & 23, 2011
Survey & Interest Inventory or Personality Test
Student survey responses and results from inventory/test.
Record Benchmark Scores each six weeks.
Kristi Guest
Last day of Six Weeks
Gradebook Program
Analysis of Six Weeks Benchmark Scores
Reflect each six weeks on the progress of the project
Kristi Guest
First day of next six weeks
Computer & Blog
Continuous Reflection and revision if necessary
Record Semester Averages
Kristi Guest
Last Day of Semester
Gradebook Program
Analysis of Semester Averages
Record 2012 TAKS Scores
Kristi Guest
May 2012
TAKS data from state
Completed Recording Sheet
Compare Group 1 and Group 2 Scores
Kristi Guest
May 2012
Recording Sheet
Creation of graphics to show results and reflect on results
Complete summative Report on findings
Kristi Guest
May 2012
Curriculum Agendas, Survey & Inventory/ Personality test results, Recording Sheet, Graphics
Documentation of results of project.
Reflect in Blog
Kristi Guest
July 2011 – May 2012
Classmates’ feedback

Format based on Tool 7.1 from Examining What We Do to Improve Our Schools

(Harris, Edmonson, and Combs, 2010)


  1. Kristi-
    Your plan looks thorough and well-thought-out. Are you going to allow the teachers to have input in the selection of your two groups of students?

  2. Kristi, I took my time to really look through your plan. I have some thoughts.
    I love the idea of using clickers in class for your survey!!!!! Great use of technology in the classroom! In your second post, resource section, you might include TAKS data/scores since they are a resource for your spreadsheet. It will help you remember to collect those from the people you need to get them from. I might suggest thinking of people in the Curriculum Team that might assist you with some of the tasks. I know I usually like to do everything but I am learning to involve more people so that they are connected and feel they contribute to the process.
    Will you there be TAKS 2012 scores or STAAR 2012 scores? Since I am not in the school system, I am not sure if there will still be some TAKS scores? Maybe for retesters?
    Another thing I LOVED was the personality test? Do you know which one and how you will share that information with the students and the teachers? I think it will be one of your strong assets in your plan if students fully understand their results and to use them in their education.
    I hope this is not too much. I know it is Friday and we are to use this information in our assignment. Good luck and I look forward to following your research.

  3. I really like the thought that you put into this plan. It is very ambitious. How do you plan to survey your students? Will the surveys take up instructional time or will they be done in an advisory class? I am asking because I too am including a survey in my plan and still have a few kinks to work out in the details. Good luck and I look forward to following your blog.

  4. Kristi, your research is really similar to mine. We need to stay connected and work together, because we could really feed off of each other to complete our research. Your plan looks very good. I am currently revising mine, so I will be posting the revision sometime today or tomorrow, please check my blog and give me some feedback.

  5. Thank you so much for the responses to my research plan!

    JT - Since the students will all be in my class, I didn't even think about letting others help me choose. It would probably be a good idea to let their past teachers have some input. Thank you for suggesting that.

    Mary - The Aware data that I mentioned is the TAKS data. I will adjust the wording so that everyone knows that too. The students that I am studying will take TAKS until they graduate. I am hopeful that the results of my study will transfer to the STAAR test. That might be my next action research wondering??? :) I'm not sure which personality test to use with them yet. I was wondering if the one we did in our first class would be good for them to take. What do you think? As for getting help from others...I will continue to work on that. I have a hard time giving up that part of the control, when my name is plastered all over this. Thank you so much for the time you spent looking over my plan.

    Leisa - I will have to use class time to survey the students. Generally, the first couple of days are not instructional due to us being in homeroom to fill out paperwork and such (we generally have shorter class periods). I planned on using that time to do my surveys of all students. I think it might allow me to know all of my students better.

    Patricia - I posted on your blog. We definitely need to keep in touch.

    Good luck everyone! :)Kristi