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Collaborative Action Research Project: Empathetic Signs <ul><li>Spring Ridge Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>Katie McDermo...
Justification  <ul><li>We have found that preparation is a constant difficulty for many of the students.  Underprepared st...
Problem and Population <ul><li>Students are constantly underprepared for class which creates constant disruptions for all ...
Empathetic Signs <ul><li>Many students have plenty of time in between classes to gather their supplies, but need a reminde...
Research Questions <ul><li>Did students bring their supplies to class? </li></ul><ul><li>For what reasons are students usu...
Data Collection Plan   Pre-post Parent calls/ Reported Instances Observations/Disruptions Did students bring their supplie...
Pre/Post Assessment Items <ul><li>2. Circle the main reason why you do not bring materials to class: </li></ul><ul><li>(A)...
Observation Guidelines <ul><li>Interns will observe, initially, how many students notice the signs and stop to read the me...
Lack of supplies leads to disruptions <ul><li>In the classrooms, students who lack supplies must return to their locker to...
Detailed Description Intervention <ul><li>Interns will place humorous, empathetic posters to the outside of classroom door...
Timeline <ul><li>First Tuesday: Pretest to each class </li></ul><ul><li>Second Tuesday: Implement first round of signs </l...
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  1. 1. Collaborative Action Research Project: Empathetic Signs <ul><li>Spring Ridge Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>Katie McDermott, Laura Swann, Brent Tomchik, </li></ul><ul><li>Lindsay Myers, Joanne Buchbinder </li></ul>
  2. 2. Justification <ul><li>We have found that preparation is a constant difficulty for many of the students. Underprepared students forget to bring important supplies to class and disrupt other students when they leave to gather supplies. </li></ul><ul><li>Being prepared for class is essential in order to fulfill all SIP standards. </li></ul><ul><li>They constantly forget necessary items such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sharpened pencils </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pens </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Completed assignments </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Problem and Population <ul><li>Students are constantly underprepared for class which creates constant disruptions for all students. We hope to increase the number of students who are prepared for class by using empathetic signs to remind students to bring supplies to class. </li></ul><ul><li>We hope to serve all students with this intervention. The under-prepared students, and those who are distracted by students who are leaving to get supplies from their locker. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Empathetic Signs <ul><li>Many students have plenty of time in between classes to gather their supplies, but need a reminder. </li></ul><ul><li>We propose to use empathetic signs, which will be posted on the doors of our classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>These will remind the students (in gentle yet humorous ways) to return to their locker and collect appropriate supplies prior to the beginning of class. </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully this will improve student’s preparation and decrease interruptions and distractions during class. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of our signs will include pop-culture references to shows such as Jersey Shore. Interest surveys collected at the beginning of the year suggest that that more than half of students watch this show. </li></ul><ul><li>This strategy is relatively easy to put into place and the humor will connect to the students’ lives. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research Questions <ul><li>Did students bring their supplies to class? </li></ul><ul><li>For what reasons are students usually unprepared? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they notice the posters? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Data Collection Plan   Pre-post Parent calls/ Reported Instances Observations/Disruptions Did students bring their supplies to class?   Yes Yes Yes For what reasons are students usually unprepared? Yes Not applicable Yes Do they notice the posters? OR Do you feel more prepared?   Yes   Not applicable Yes
  7. 7. Pre/Post Assessment Items <ul><li>2. Circle the main reason why you do not bring materials to class: </li></ul><ul><li>(A) I accidentally leave my materials at home. </li></ul><ul><li>(B) I accidentally leave my materials in my locker. </li></ul><ul><li>(C) I am not concerned about being prepared for class. </li></ul><ul><li>(D) I know I can borrow from someone or share with my friends. (E) I do not own the materials. (F) Other: ______________________ </li></ul><ul><li>3. How do you feel when you are unprepared for class? </li></ul><ul><li>(A) I feel embarrassed. </li></ul><ul><li>(B) I feel like I let the teacher down. </li></ul><ul><li>(C) I feel happy with myself. </li></ul><ul><li>(D) I do not feel concerned. </li></ul><ul><li>(E) I am always prepared. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Observation Guidelines <ul><li>Interns will observe, initially, how many students notice the signs and stop to read the message on their way into the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Interns will observe the number of students unprepared, especially those who cause a disruption (leaving class to go to lockers or being unable to complete assignments) as a result of being unprepared </li></ul><ul><li>Interns will keep a small journal with field notes based on what they observe, taking note of both numbers of unprepared students and which specific students are consistent cases </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lack of supplies leads to disruptions <ul><li>In the classrooms, students who lack supplies must return to their locker to retrieve them. </li></ul><ul><li>Many teachers will not send students back to their lockers to retrieve the necessary supplies. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This causes the student to disengage from class material </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>This also creates disruptions: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For the students, who miss class material </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For their classmates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For students in other classes that they must walk through in order to get to their lockers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Detailed Description Intervention <ul><li>Interns will place humorous, empathetic posters to the outside of classroom doors as reminders for students to come prepared. They will be placed at eye level so students can view them easily. Some posters include pop culture references from shows which many students have admitted to watching to connect to student interest. Ideally, students will read the sign because they can relate to the message or characters and return to their lockers if they don’t have all required materials. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Timeline <ul><li>First Tuesday: Pretest to each class </li></ul><ul><li>Second Tuesday: Implement first round of signs </li></ul><ul><li>Third Tuesday: Switch to different sign </li></ul><ul><li>Fourth Tuesday: Switch to 3rd sign </li></ul><ul><li>Last Day: Administer Post-test </li></ul>
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