Chelsey Potter

Sum It Up: An Approach to Improving Reading Skill Ability

The study that I investigated was in regards to improving reading comprehension and fluency skills. After an extensive analysis of our schools Kentucky State Assessment and MAP testing, I was able to pinpoint a root of the problem with the lower testing scores we have had in the past five years. MAP data breaks down content questions into categories and I felt that reading comprehension was the basis of all of the struggles for not only the struggling readers but for our exemplary readers as well. My goal was to compare two groups of students. One in which would receive research based strategies (experiential group) and the other in which would receive a “typical” learning classroom style of learning.  My first initial step was to do extensive research on cooperative learning. With the training opportunities I received through Kagan, I felt confident that I could implement these strategies into a classroom and compare the effectiveness of them by looking at the alternative group that does not receive the strategy. I learned that cooperative learning was the active engagement of all students in their learning.  The strategy that I chose to implement was a combination of  writing, reading, and listening skills so that it was an opportunity for all students to succeed regardless of their learning styles. The name of the strategy is simultaneous round robin. This is a strategy that uses all parts of the “PIES” cooperative learning principle.  The steps are as follows:
  1. Teacher assigns a task to each student
  2. All students complete the task independently
  3. Students will then round robin pass this paper receiving a new paper
  4. Continue passing until all students have completed all tasks
The options for using this strategy are endless as you may embed various DOK level questioning as well as hit multiple learning styles. The 100% participation showed the effectiveness of engaging all students.  In analyzing the data from this study, I was excited to see the positivity in using the cooperative learning style in the experimental group. The group was greatly more evident in the experimental group than  in the control group who was not taught using the strategy, but rather in a traditional learning style method. With continuance of these strategies, I feel confident in my students abilities for the upcoming KSA test. 

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