Fourth time's the charm!
by, 09-23-2008 at 05:09 PM
Okay. As you know, loyal readers, (OMG, who talks like that? ), I'm in the middle of getting my MA degree. I was in one class for 2 weeks and then suddenly I was moved to another cohort entirely, which threw me for a total loop since the new class seemed to be about 2 weeks ahead of my original class! Not good!
I have to do this action research project, in which I design, implement, and analyze a study that takes place in my classroom. Well, I spent my summer thinking about it in relation to my old job. Then I got a new job. So I jumped in an wrote a proposal. Then the premise for my study was too loose. Then it was determined that the area I wanted to focus on was out of my control and therefore not a suitable topic after all.
So last week, as I was frantically rewriting and cramming for an exam, an opportunity literally dropped in my lap. The principal wants my grade level to pilot a reading intervention program before deciding to implement it for the whole school. I was the only one in the group who knew about the program and suddenly I was explaining it to everyone else at the meeting. How about that, the new girl knows something that nobody else does!
This new study that I'll be doing will give us some hard data on whether this program is effective for our school and also puts me into position as the resident expert. That's not too shabby for my first year, I'd say.
So as I sit down to once again rewrite my proposal, at least I know I'm finally on the right track. Hallelujah!