Action Research Project
the "Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization".
literature review. Read tons of sources, talk to others who teach programming
as well as experienced teachers. Decide where my efforts can best be applied
to my community of practice. Make a final decision by the end of October.
with literature review. Blog about ideas and developments in my class. Obtain
permission from the school administration to conduct the research. Decide
on three out of school events
Letters to parents and students outlining my research and goals for the
project. Set dates for three out of school business/social events for the
class to attend. Have a colleague observe the class and record the number
of specific student and teacher activities. Student activities will include
good questions, attentive poses, active engagement in the lesson, self directed
learning,disruptive behavior, off task comments, and inattention to the
activity. Teacher activities that will be monitored will be positive feedback,
asking engaging questions, valuing student questions and other activities
to be determined later. Review the list of activities
a letter to parents explaining the research I am undertaking and asking
permission for attendance at the activities.
project based learning. Student will complete a group project where
they collaborate on a program that solves a case study problem from
the Oracle Internet Academy. Each group of two students will have to
create a portion of the program that will work with the rest of the
group's, without seeing their actual code. In the meantime I will redesign
the student's final project into a project based learning activity where
the students will have a choice of activities, topics and outcomes.
- I will
provide more collaboration tools, share email addresses, IM screen names,
msn ID's etc to assist students will connecting for group work.
the survey results from the Introduction of Project Based Learning.
should be collaborating at a high level now. With the completion of the
first group project, plans for the out of class activities are :
1. Watch a movie on mentorship
2.Do a team service project
3.Have a "meet and greet" event at the end of the year to display
their work and lean the etiquette of interacting in a business environment
the first of three out of class activities.
for the Youth Service Grant to obtain the money for the service project.
the elementary school principal about selecting a class to collaborate
with my java students.
a letter to the parents of the elementary students
a practice "end of course test" and record results
will choose how to cover the material in the chapters to add to their
Java knowledge while working on their project.
- I will
conduct my second out of class activity where the class takes the money
obtained through the grant and purchases computer parts. The group manages
the money and decided which parts to purchase. Then we will build the
computer and load software. When the project is complete, it will be
donated to a needy student.
students about their experience with the service project.
a field trip for my class to interview the elementary class. During
the field trip, the younger students will imagine and describe a game
that will help them learn a specific Standard Of Learning Skill.
another observation by my "critical friend" teacher to look
- I check
to see how students are coming along on their project, revise my original
plan and make adjustment to my classroom activities and philosophy.
students project based notebook of progress.
another meeting for the two classes together
a different version of the practice "End of Course" Test and
compare the achievement from the first test.
- I will
examine the student project based notebooks and check for progress and
- I will
move from the semi-traditional class environment where we covered "chapters"
to a "team meeting" scenario where students immediately get
into groups and decide what needs to be done that day since their projects
will need to be finish shortly.
- I will
conduct the final out-of-class activity. Students will present their
completed project to the elementary students. Also parents, school administrators
and members of the business community will be invited to view the display.
I will design a final survey to solicit the students opinion on the
class and they ability to work together as a team. I will compare these
results to the December and April surveys. I will summarize my results
and draw some conclusions about my work.
a final practice "End of Course Test" and compare achievement
will take the Oracle Internet Academy Exit Exam.
compared to last year's students and correlation of achievement on the
series of practices tests as compared to achievement on Exit Exam.