Name: Tiffany EmbryDate: 4/15/2009Course Number/Name: MAT 733
Final Reflective Assessment
1. What were your initial premise statements? Discuss your premise statements now thatthey have been refined and revised as a result of your action research.
Initial Premise Statement:
Most of the students when placed in an EBD self-containedunit enter reading below grade level. Many of the students are embarrassed to read infront of others and struggle to participate in a reading group. These students typicallywill choose the shortest/easiest book possible. I discovered through questioning that outof 5 students 0 had successfully completed a chapter book. All of my students have good phonemic awareness and are able to fluently read the text; however they struggle withcomprehending and retaining what they have read. Students are only reading belowgrade-level picture books. This problem is significant because students are not learninghow to read and comprehend longer, more complicated text. They are not making thetext-to-self connections that would assist in sparking an interest in reading as well as preparing them for the statewide assessment that requires students to read more in-depthtext, comprehend the text, and provide written response to the text.
Refined and Revised:
Through research, I found ways to incorporate projects intoliterature assignments which forced students to revisit text. My initial statement stayedrelatively the same.2. Your “practical argument” is the professional knowledge and language you use tosupport the decisions you make in your classroom. What were the key concepts and ideasfrom these courses that define your new practical argument in professional practice?I reflected on this question for a while and continued finding myself going back to one of the first text readings in this class. The Marzino text discusses many instructionalstrategies that lead to student success. The key terms that I find myself looking at when planning lessons are;Identifying Similarities & DifferencesReinforce Effort and Provide RecognitionHomework and Practice Nonlinguistic RepresentationsCooperative learningSetting Objectives & Providing Feedback