Presenter Information

Megan BeckerFollow

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Susan Welteroth

Start Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

Description

The question that I decided to do for my self-study was: How does the use of play-based activities impact my teaching practice? I had originally decided on the question of: How does the use of play-based activities in math impact my teaching practice? I decided to change my question during the fall semester because in my regular education classroom, math is at the end of the day. It was very difficult for me to get into the classroom to see the end of the day because of the way my classes were scheduled at Susquehanna. I was not able to interact much with my original self-study question because of this. The days that I was able to go into my placement to see math were very slim and I did not feel comfortable taking anything over, as it is a co-taught class, as well. I felt uneasy having a self-study question that I was not really interacting with. All of these reasons helped me to decide to adjust my self-study question. I then decided on a question about how play-based activities, in any subject, can impact my teaching. I wanted to work with my self-study question in the fall as well which is why I decided to change the question. Before I even changed my question, I noticed myself using play-based activities in my placement already in other subjects like reading, spelling, and science. I would find new spelling games for my students to use to practice their spelling words before a spelling test. I was also able to do an Oreo activity in science to help my students understand the different phases of the moon. I also chose this question because I love games and play-based activities myself and I want to be able to incorporate my creativity and passion for games and play into my cooperating classroom to see if that affects my teaching practices. I have interacted with this question during my work in a summer school program as well, so the question seemed to flow naturally with my teaching preferences. I noticed that many times in my observations students get bored in school or say they hate school because it is boring. I wanted to help my students learn to love learning and school. Through the use of play, I wanted to help students learn more and see if it has an impact on my teaching practice as a pre-service teacher. Before I began this study, I believed that play-based activities were a way to help students learn without them realizing they were even learning anything. I also wanted to make school more understandable for students who struggled, and I believed using play-based activities was just another way for me to help reach all students no matter what their struggles may have been. Play-based activities can be differentiated for lower and higher-level learners which is what I strived for in my classroom. My question is aligned with my self-study research because my research is based on play in the classroom. After changing my question, I felt a lot better about what I needed to accomplish, and I found myself interacting with my question a lot more in a more impactful way.

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The question that I decided to do for my self-study was: How does the use of play-based activities impact my teaching practice? I had originally decided on the question of: How does the use of play-based activities in math impact my teaching practice? I decided to change my question during the fall semester because in my regular education classroom, math is at the end of the day. It was very difficult for me to get into the classroom to see the end of the day because of the way my classes were scheduled at Susquehanna. I was not able to interact much with my original self-study question because of this. The days that I was able to go into my placement to see math were very slim and I did not feel comfortable taking anything over, as it is a co-taught class, as well. I felt uneasy having a self-study question that I was not really interacting with. All of these reasons helped me to decide to adjust my self-study question. I then decided on a question about how play-based activities, in any subject, can impact my teaching. I wanted to work with my self-study question in the fall as well which is why I decided to change the question. Before I even changed my question, I noticed myself using play-based activities in my placement already in other subjects like reading, spelling, and science. I would find new spelling games for my students to use to practice their spelling words before a spelling test. I was also able to do an Oreo activity in science to help my students understand the different phases of the moon. I also chose this question because I love games and play-based activities myself and I want to be able to incorporate my creativity and passion for games and play into my cooperating classroom to see if that affects my teaching practices. I have interacted with this question during my work in a summer school program as well, so the question seemed to flow naturally with my teaching preferences. I noticed that many times in my observations students get bored in school or say they hate school because it is boring. I wanted to help my students learn to love learning and school. Through the use of play, I wanted to help students learn more and see if it has an impact on my teaching practice as a pre-service teacher. Before I began this study, I believed that play-based activities were a way to help students learn without them realizing they were even learning anything. I also wanted to make school more understandable for students who struggled, and I believed using play-based activities was just another way for me to help reach all students no matter what their struggles may have been. Play-based activities can be differentiated for lower and higher-level learners which is what I strived for in my classroom. My question is aligned with my self-study research because my research is based on play in the classroom. After changing my question, I felt a lot better about what I needed to accomplish, and I found myself interacting with my question a lot more in a more impactful way.

 

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