Action Research Plan Question: What actions can our Second Grade teachers take to execute lessons that

have more Rigor, are Relevant, and build Relationships for the purpose of increasing student achievement? Goal: The goal of this action project is to improve student achievement and motivation of students through rigorous, relevant, and relational lessons.

Action / Activity Steps Read the book Rigor Is Not A Four Letter Word By: Barbara Blackburn. This book will provide me the necessary background to ensure the lessons We incorporate do indeed follow the goal. Web Conference Training with Barbara Blackburn author of Rigor Is Not A Four Letter Word.

Person(s) Responsible Staff Development Team: Myself(Julie Cronkhite), Cheryl Smith, MaryKay Erben, and Joni Coker,

Timeline Start/End In process. Participants should have the book completed by February 17th, 2012.

Needed Resources Book per Staff Development Team Member. The selection is Rigor Is Not A Four Letter Word By: Barbara Blackburn

Evaluation

Data Collection Strategy 9: Literature Since our campus is just starting out with this topic, we will use the literature to help us clearly define the 3 R’s of the action research project. Data Collection Strategy 3: Interviews Dr. Blackburn is an expert in the field of Rigor. It is so exciting that she is going to work with our staff. We will have the opportunity to discuss questions that we have after reading her

I am the contact person for this event. I am coordinating with our technology department to help with web conference equipment set up.

Dr. • Technology Blackburn Equipment and I had for Web our first Conference phone call • Dr. on January Blackburn’s 31st. We Handouts have talked that she sent weekly since • Pipe Cleaner then. The per teacher Staff Development day is on February 20th, 2012

set up.

February 20th, 2012

Bloom’s Sorting Activity:

Staff Development Team: Myself(Julie Teachers work Cronkhite), in Cheryl Smith, collaborative MaryKay groups to sort Erben, and a pre-made Joni Coker, list of activities according to the level of Bloom’s they fall in. Teachers “create” a foldable of their choosing to organize the information

The team has been working on this project since January 6th, 2012. We will have the activities ready to go by February 17th and it will be put into action by our whole staff on February 20th, 2012.

• Each Teacher has a STAAR flip chart. This flip chart has the Bloom’s Levels included. We will use these as reference guides. • The team has been coming up with activities that represent all of the Bloom’s Levels. Our intent is to have teachers discuss the different levels and see that so many of the activities we do are on the lower end of Bloom’s. • Paper and Materials to organize the activities.

opportunity to discuss questions that we have after reading her book. This will further enhance and increase our understanding of the subject. Data Collection Strategy 4: Documents / Artifacts/ Student Work I feel that this activity falls under this category because the activities we are using are activities that our principal has gotten out of teacher lesson plans on our school or they are activities that she has observed first hand. No names will be used on the activities. We feel that this activity will be very reflective and we hope many teachers have some ah ha moments.

• Paper and Materials to organize the activities. Bump It Up! Teachers will next look at the activities they have sorted and work collaboratively to bump the lesson up on the Bloom’s Ladder. How does increasing Rigor, Relevance, and relations lend to this process in relation to Bloom’s? Each group will choose a spokesperson to share with the other groups. We will engage in a healthy conversation about each groups findings. Collaborative Planning: As Grade Level Chair, I will work with my team to plan lessons for the 4th 9 weeks to Staff Development Team: Myself(Julie Cronkhite), Cheryl Smith, MaryKay Erben, and Joni Coker, This activity will take place on February 20th, 2012 All resources above plus: • Chart Tablets • Markers • Facilitators for Assistance during collaborative group work.

ha moments.

Collection Strategy 3: Interviews Since the groups will work collaboratively and then we will share as a whole group, We feel there will be numerous opportunities for peer coaching and idea sharing.

Second Grade Team: Julie Cronkhite (Self) Monika Arnold

We will • District begin this Scope and new Sequence planning This will process on ensure our the Staff lessons are Development aligned with launch date the TEKS. on February • STAAR Flip 20th. This Chart - We

Collection Strategy 3: Interviews As grade level chair, It is my responsibility to mentor and peer coach my team. We

will work with my team to plan lessons for the 4th 9 weeks to include Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship Building.

(Self)

Compare Results: We intend to compare our District Curriculum Based Assessments to other area schools in our district with like demographics. We feel that this will help us see if we have grown in the area of student achievement.

the Staff lessons are Development aligned with Monika launch date the TEKS. Arnold on February • STAAR Flip 20th. This Chart - We Angela will conclude will use this Jensen for this chart to school year ensure Vicki Ward on May 25th, implementati 2012. on of Readiness and supporting standards for our grade level. • Rigor Is Not A Four Letter Word- We will use this as a reference for clarification. • Web Resources Each Second CBA • CBA Data to Grade reporting analyze Teacher periods will be in March and again in May of 2012.

chair, It is my responsibility to mentor and peer coach my team. We always come up with better ideas when we work collaboratively on projects.

Data Collection Strategy 1: Quantitative Measures Currently we know where our school ranks in the district. We are curious to see if implementing more lessons that include the 3 R’s will boost our scores ahead of other schools.

student achievement. Reflective Journals: Our grade level is going to choose 1 lesson each per week that we felt included the most of the 3 R’s. We will reflect on the lesson and keep for future reference and reassurance. Informal Observations: Our Principal and assistant Principal have asked teacher to invite them in during these lessons to see the new knowledge being carried through in the classroom.

Each Second We will Grade begin this Teacher new planning process on the Staff Development launch date on February 20th. This will conclude for this school year on May 25th, 2012.

Teachers may choose to write this or keep a typed copy. We will keep the journals together for easy reference.

Data Collection Strategy 7: Reflective Journals The goal is to reveal a pattern and see the successes that are being made over a period of time.

Principal, Assistant Principal *My Principal would also like to give me the opportunity to script some walkthroughs.

February 21st - May 25th, 2012

The evaluator will have an iphone or ipad that can take pictures and video.

• Data Collection Strategy 2: Field Notes • We will learn invaluable knowledge from what the evaluator notices. Constructive feedback will be given. • Data Collection Strategies 5 and 6: • Pictures and Videos • The evaluator will with teacher permission take pictures and videos of outstanding implementati

Sustained Improvement: After many weekly planning sessions with my team as stated above, I think it would be very beneficial to change our lesson plan template. How can the way we write our plans ensure that we continue to include the 3 R’s in our lessons?

Second Grade Team

I hope that • District by the end of Scope and March 2012 Sequence we will have This will developed a ensure our new way to lessons are incorporate aligned with the 3 R’s into the TEKS. our lesson • STAAR Flip plan Chart - We template. will use this This will be chart to ongoing. I ensure feel it will implementati continue into on of the 2012Readiness 2013 school and year. supporting standards for our grade level. • Rigor Is Not A Four Letter Word- We will use this as a reference for clarification. • Web Resources

permission take pictures and videos of outstanding implementati on of the 3 R’s. This data will be used for future staff development. • Does the Principal know what the activities will be and not just a page number? • Do the lessons encourage challenging activities that promote differentiation and the 3 R’s?