Improvement Science Plan Part 3 #EDCS480

3. Study- collect some evidence/ data ( i.e student interviews, test, scores, observations, student work) to determine effectiveness

With my students using their devices and iMac in the classroom, I want to know has there’s improvement on their work habits. If they have been more engaged and willing to take part of the discussion as compared to the usual students who you’d usually participate in class discussion and would score higher because of being able to comprehend. So implementing Padlet as a resource to assist with student sharing anonymously to assure that the objectives are clear and met by the end of the lesson is successful. So our first few tries was a bit trying with the internet being slow but we managed to make sure everyone has a chance to share their opinions. Then came assessment their ticket out is to once again to respond to what they’ve learned, I learned that they are more frank and shared more then they would if they were to respond to me directly. So to find out to how to nail down what should be assessed in their learning using Padlet, Dr. Jennifer Roberts of North Virginia Community College in her presentation on Methods for Assessing Student learning Outcomes (2008) she asked that we assess students based on these questions of assessment:

  1. What should our students be learning?
  2. What are our students actually learning?
  3. What can we do to help our student learn?
  4. What types of changes can we make (to
    assignments, activities, materials) to
    increase actual student learning?

So in my change idea of the ISP, I hope to achieve what can we do to help our students learn? As simple as my method in implementing technology use of the application Padlet, I would hope to achieve my students ability of being engaged and sharing what they do not understand because they are not addressing these issues directly or indirectly. So using Padlet anonymously, my goal is for them to succeed in achieving the objectives of each lesson and how I can improve or assist them in understanding the lesson much better. So taking the indirect approach of assessing my student learning everyday by using Padlet in answering prompts and reflecting on a day to day basis and see if it has improve their learning in the classroom.

An article by the California Lutheran University on Indirect Instruction stated “Indirect instruction seeks a high level of student involvement in observing, investigating, drawing inferences from data, or forming hypotheses. It takes advantage of students’ interest and curiosity, often encouraging them to generate alternatives or solve problems.In indirect instruction, the role of the teacher shifts from lecturer/director to that of facilitator, supporter, and resource person. The teacher arranges the learning environment, provides opportunity for student involvement, and, when appropriate, provides feedback to students while they conduct the inquiry.” This article also assisted me in showing the vast examples of indirect methods and allowed me to understand to which approach I am using in the classroom. In reflective discussion, I am able to:

  • To use questions to stimulate reflection and extend comprehension
  • To challenge students’ thinking by inviting them to interpret, infer, summarize, form conclusions and evaluate selections
  • To extend personal responses by considering the views of others
  • To share personal thoughts, feelings and images evoked by literature selections, films, illustrations and experiences

With this practice being constant use creatively and engagingly would allow me to see more students be proactive in learning and sharing with their peers. This would allow me to “monitor students’ interest and participation in sharing interpretations and responses,
note students’ ability to orally express their thoughts, feelings and understandings, note students who pose questions to clarify their understandings, and observe students’ ability to listen to and respect the views and opinions of others. Indirect Instruction”

In the pre-assessment survey to see where student stand with indirect learning and what teachers can do to assist them with being more involved and engaged in the class, students responded to the following questions

Pre-assessment:

1. What methods should teachers use to make you more engaged and interested in the lesson. Students responded with the following: screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-2-09-48-pm

2. Are you more willing to participate in class discussions if it was meaningful and fun? 

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3.You are more likely to participate in class if you are using media, technology, and other devices in class: 

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4. You would be more involved in class if it was done in anonymously where you would be able to express more?

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This data shows how much students are willing and able to participate in the class discussions if the teacher has students involved in a engaging and meaningful way. We would like all of our lessons to be fun but students state that if the lesson is fun, engaging and subject related, they are more likely to be involved in class discussions. Then there’s a big number of students that draws in between of maybe would be involved more in class if they are more independent and anonymous sharing through posts and reflections.

Gathering data through their responses and survey (pre & post) would assist me through the process to analyze if this method is effective. The first time we posted on Padlet some of the students asked if they can share it in Samoan and I allowed them. I then realized, maybe this another factor, the language barrier. From then on I allowed my students to express themselves in our native language and that opened up more freedom of expression and sharing.

From the post survey on using Padlet in the classroom for bell ringers, mid-discussion and ticket out, students responded accordingly:

  1. Have you heard or used Padlet before using it in this class? screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-21-20-pm
  2. In one sentence, share how it felt using Padlet as a discussion generator and reflector?screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-21-26-pm
  3. Should Padlet (or a similar application)  be implemented in all your classes?screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-21-32-pm
  4. Was this method effective in the classroom to make sure you are learning and responding to class discussions? screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-21-38-pm
  5. What would you suggest to change about using Padlet or any other application in class?

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To my conclusion from what I have seen in class and their work, is that this method does work and students are enjoying it. The more they enjoy using Padlet the more likely they are to interact and be engage and willing to learn so they can post their opinions and share what they’ve learned on Padlet. I would however look for another application to assist in getting students to interact and share so they can move around and constantly be active.

Here are several of the student’s posts on the Padlet they enjoyed and look forward into posting before, during and after lesson. 

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