Mid-inquiry reflections

My inquiry has been a mixed bag, I think.

After re-reading my research brief, I can see that I haven’t followed through on all of the measurements I planned to take – for example, I didn’t have the CAHSEE students do a full CAHSEE practice test; instead, we did “practice quizzes” that were focused on 2 or 3 standards.  I can also see that my program was perhaps a bit ambitious.  For example, I haven’t been able to get students to blog twice weekly; the demands of the pacing plan – and other considerations like the seniors’ need to finish their personal statements in time for the November 30 college application deadline – have prevented that.  It’s also taken some students longer than I had anticipated to learn how to use the blog (how to create a post, e.g.).

That said, though this blog shows little evidence of the inquiry – and I have not reflected in writing as much as I wanted to – my students’ work at Kidblog does show evidence of learning.  I’m especially pleased with the work my CAHSEE students have done – one student has blogged about raising roosters, for example, while another has written a series of posts about Sri Lanka.

My questions mainly have to do with how to make blogging an organic part of our classroom culture, especially in ERWC, where most of the students seem to view it as another task to complete rather than an opportunity for reflection and creativity.  The questionnaire can help with this, I suppose.