This week was great reading through peers blogs, discussions, and watching videos from Scholar Practitioners. With all of the reading from our textbooks and the collaboration of material seen and heard above it gave me a better understanding about Action Research and why we use it, how we use it and how to make it practical. I think the further I read and hear about more Action Research the more in depth my research will be with my own topic.
With deciding which Action Research plan I used some wonderful advice from a video I viewed on Dr. Kirk Lewis, Superintendent of Pasadena ISD. He had mentioned to use what is practical to you and your school. A fabulous research project that does not benefit your students needs will not do any good. You must make your research practical to your environment.
I took a step back to see if I could apply what he mentioned to my Action Research plan. Is this practical to my school? Are my students going to really benefit from this plan? I believe so! The Action Research plan that I have came up with will probably need to be tweaked but the meat and bones of it is the following:
Will my students with behavior issues taking the STAAR test benefit from a smaller grouped environment focusing on a music instrument for a certain amount of time each day help their behavior improve as well as their test scores? Also, will this give them better self-esteem and self confidence?
I hope to find a positive outcome with this research plan. I want these students to gain the confidence and the self-esteem that will help them soar through their classes and tests. I believe that when you find something special in each student and applaud them that they will try their best for you because you found the best in them.
Any feedback, questions or tweaks you might want to add feel free to say!