Artifact Analysis: Daily Lesson Plans

June 19, 2017


One of the artifacts that has a lot of information in it is the document with my Daily Lesson plans. I make one Google document for each class for each trimester, and I project it on the screen each day, displaying the day’s learning goal, instructions, due dates, and announcements. I haven’t yet, but in […]

Photo Essay: Artifact Analysis

June 17, 2017


Artifact analysis is a big part of teacher research. As I was working on analyzing artifacts, I remembered that when I started doing teacher research, I wasn’t really sure what the term “artifact” meant. Since this series is in part a demonstration of the research process for teachers who are new to T-R, I thought […]

Artifact Analysis: Finished Book Lists 2017

June 16, 2017


“What happens when I make Independent Reading a high priority in my classroom?” Now that I’ve considered the numbers of books my students have read, I’m wondering about what kinds of books they read. I get a second copy of the finished book lists and get out the highlighters. I brainstorm categories to look for […]

What’s here? What am noticing?

June 15, 2017


Research Memo 3: “What happens when I make Independent Reading a high priority in my classroom?” I copy my three Daily Lesson documents, one for each trimester of ELA9, into one document and begin to brainstorm concepts and themes I’m interested in excavating for and wondering how I might locate data on those topics. This […]

Organizing the Archive for Research

June 13, 2017


I started out with a giant pile of disorganized documents: lesson hand-outs, student work on assignments, my own work on assignments, posters, record-keeping documents, notes… And in an hour and fifteen minutes, I had the entire year’s worth of documents organized and ready for research. Now I will print out my daily lesson plans, which […]

Growing Readers–Through READING!

June 12, 2017


June 12 2017 A Teacher Researcher Reflects on Year 1 with the MAISA Unit: Independent Reading This year was my first year with the MAISA curriculum. In fact, it was the district’s first year with ANY ELA curriculum; I have taught 23 years in a district where every ELA teacher could teach anything, in any […]

Mythic Transformation Through Dramatic Play

March 26, 2017


It is inevitable. As soon as the applause ends, I’ll hear an excited teen voice shout, “ms. eddy, when do we get to do skits again?”