Report of Outcomes Attainment
After analyzing the checklist I came to the following conclusions:
All students struggled in group discussions. It is my opinion that students felt embarrassed toshare their comments with the class for fear of being chastised by other students. I set rulesand expectations for group discussions and revisited those rules and expectations daily,however students still did not feel
to share with the rest of the group.
Most students enjoyed writing in their journals. I found they would participate in writtendiscussions demonstrating student comprehension.
3 of 5 were able to successfully complete the cereal box project.
All students completed the advertisement project.Research Quotes“…peer-led literature discussions can contribute significantly to students’ knowledge andappreciation of literature, facility with group processes, reading engagement, and motivation toread.” (Berne & Clark, 2008)“…literacy circles…showed marked improvement in reading comprehension when compared totraditional reading classes….remarkable rise in enthusiasm, desire to read recreationally, anddesire to read academically.” (Parker, Quigley, & Reilly 1999)
“…small-group, peer-led discussion groups can be productive forums forstudents to develop their comprehension strategies.”
(Berne & Clark, 2008)“Teachers should continually observe learner attitudes toward reading. Negative attitudes hinder optimal achievement in reading” (Gabl, Kaiser, Long, & Roemer 2007)
Reflection on the process
1.What does this artifact demonstrate as far as your learning?
This artifact allowed me to keep a daily running records of student participation. It enabled me to modify lessons so that I could make sure studentswere progressing and receiving interventions if necessary.2.What does it represent in relation to the changes you have made in your classroom?
As a special education teacher I have always found that keeping checklistis the most efficient way for me to document student behavior as well as academic performance. This artifact did not influence change in the classroom other than itallowed me to focus on specific areas of growth – student discussions is most evident.3.Describe why you chose this artifact.
I chose this artifact because it showed an overall view of student performance on the project. I felt it was the best tool to show what requirements andassignments were in place for the unit.