Monthly Archives: April 2014

Action Research Project

During my project I had a lot of things in mind and wanted to explore ideas with my group of students. After deciding that I wanted to do a questioning with my group and see good results. The reason I choose questioning is because I could see that my students were having trouble developing good questions and some of the questions were so simple. I knew that my students were good critical thinkers. So I decided to show them examples of good questions that some people developed when interview a person.

My plan was to help my students specially those who were having trouble writing English correctly and writing good questions for our interview. I made them think of how they want to express their ideas and create good questions where Kate would understand and give good answers. I gave my students at least five minutes where I made them write at least five questions they would like to know from Kate (guest speaker). After the five minutes were done I asked each of them to read their five questions to the group and see if they had similar questions. The students could see that some were similar and worked together to create strong and developed questions they would ask their guest speaker.

My action plan did work because my students were prepared for our guest speaker. They developed really good questions and were eager to ask their questions to Kate.During the interview I could see that my students were prepared. The students were writing down important information. I could see that they were really engaged and seeking answers about immigration and about the dream act. They were surprised to learn new things that they didn’t know and could help their families. At the end the students were happy that she came and that their questions were really good because all their wonders were answered. The students felt that they were ready to start the project and inform the audience about their topic.

After experimenting this action with my group I could see that if I am well prepared and helped I did change some things that weren’t good. The students put a lot of effort and by showing them examples of how questioning worked. The final result was good and it helped them. The next step would be researching because I would like to help my group get better at researching by finding good websites. I will start the cycle again by showing them how to find good trustable websites online when doing a project in the new future as they progress in school.

Blog 4/18

I was nervous at first wondering if everything if my students would like the guest speaker and answer all their questions and wonders they had for immigration. The week before I talked with the students and told them that we had to behave good and listen to what our speaker is saying.  The students were very engaged and asking good questions to the guest speaker. I was surprised to see that they had good questions and that they understood more about their topic.  I could see that some of them were taking good notes so they could incorporate it on their project. I am so glad that every thing went well with the speaker and the students were anxious to start working on their project. They have come with great ideas and what they want to inform their audience. It went well with them on Friday and I could see that they were happy that someone else would come and share what they know about immigration. I am glad that our project is going good and that we are working hard to  spread the word about our action project.

Bancroft 4/11

Student were excited to be back and wanting to work on their project. They were telling me what they have done during their spring break and that they traveled to some places and others stayed at home. I could see that they had some brilliant ideas and wanted to share, some were talking while someone else was speaking. I reminded them with our essential agreement and that we have to be respectful and good listeners. When I told my students about our gest speaker coming on April 18, I could see that they were anxious to know who that person was and they came up with good questions to ask the speaker. I was surprised to see that they come up with great detailed questions for our speaker. They wondered in what she worked so we did little of research about where she works and what her job is. I could see that our action plan is coming up great and after the interview I know that it will answer some of their wonders and know what they want to inform their audience. They are very hard working students and like to help each other, they are a great group to work with during these past months.