+ Focus on student strengths Overview of MAT research project by A. Kay Alley January, 2012 ED697 -- Black
The purpose of this action research project is to determine if+ students can become more aware of their strengths and then realize that potential in applying those strengths in daily activities.
+ Research question Can SEL skills taught in brief lessons followed by opportunity for reflection and application, increase students’ awareness and utilization of specific strengths as framed by SEL competencies?
+ Social and Character strengthThis study provides an emotional research from learning -- a field of positive opportunity for the strength in ASD psychology integration of four areas of research… Nature of the middle school Theory and practice of student – incl Kinlein new info from brain research This review is in no way exhaustive; rather materials have been selected that are central to the study to be accomplished
+ Methodology A. First step: Design and teach mini-lessons based upon SEL curriculum.
+ Methodology Setting and population Data to be collected and • Charter school science analyzed: classes that meet one • Student pre- and post- hour, twice weekly. survey of perception of • Class of 6th, 7th and 8th success as a student in grade students. science class • Student artifacts, ie, responses to mini-lessons • Researcher journal that documents student response to instruction.
+ TimelineJuly 29: Submit Chapter 2 draft to committee for feedbackAugust 15: Submit Chapter 3 draft to committee for feedbackAugust 30: Submit Chapter 1 draft plus revised chapters to committee for feedbackSeptember 15: Submit ASD request for approval of research packet.January, 2012: Begin ED 697—Research and Data AnalysisJanuary 10, 2012 Give pre-survey of student perception of success. Begin teaching mini-lessons, focus on use of strategies Begin researcher journalJanuary to March: Data collectionMarch 6, 2012 Give post-survey of student perception of success. Complete researcher journalMarch 9-25: Data Analysis and Writing of last chaptersMarch 25: Submit drafts of chapters to committee, begin final revisingApril 2012: Prepare presentation and schedule it.Graduate
+ How did I: Accommodate APU requirements for action research? Obtain Anchorage School District approval? Satisfy my original intention for my master’s work and my sense of integrity? Benefit my students and their families? I take delight in assisting students to discover their own capabilities to reason, to question, to understand and then to integrate the new things they have learned.
+ Last summer, I grew my master’s… Next summer, I am growing my garden!
+ Chapter Two What is social and emotional ASD standards and benchmarks learning (SEL)? ASD Initiative to integrate SEL Benefit of SEL for student into science curriculum, 2010- achievement 2011 Self-awareness one dimension of SEL What is self-awareness? What are the benefits of focusing on self-awareness? Child development and self awareness (characteristics of the middle school student) Best practices that might foster self-awareness