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Greg McVerry

My thoughts on credibility and online research and reading comprehension:

Greg McVerry

Questions About the "Case Study" #edu506

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When enough students ask you for clarification you realize that your assignment description needs improvement.

This is happening with the "case study" assignment in . I put case study in quotes because the assignment does not reflect our shared definition of a case study. My original error was calling a thing the wrong thing.

Instead of a case study where you are given a situation to consider, compare, or solve, students in will do a collaborative essay.

Why A Collaborative Essay

  • Research based methods for improving writing
  • Prepare you to teach through inquiry in elementary classrooms
  • Increase social presence in an online classroom

Research Based Writing Instruction

While it is based on research among older students the lesson of Writing Next ring true in elementary school (just as the best teaching in pre-school works in college).

The meta-analysis, a type of research that synthesizes multiple empirical studies, found eleven strategies that improve writing. Among the recommendations: collaborative essays and using the writing process.

The assignment, where you are writing two different essays ask you to consider to questions:

  • Should we focus on content knowledge or comprehension strategy instruction?
  • Should we level books in our classroom libraries and curriculum?

By working together on this essay you will gain practice and create evidence of growth around the ability to integrate multiple sources, use sources from class and optionally supplement these with your research, and present a well organized argument.

You will submit an essay around 450-500 words for each inquiry questions.

Prepare You Teach Through Inquiry

When teachers assign oprojects they often neglect students on the process of completing the inquiry process. As future elementary teachers you need to know how to teach through inquiry and how to teach argumentative writing. This assignment builds in opportunities to practice both. You will develop a plan to complete the assignment. Create a rubric to assess your writing, and finally reflect on the process. These are the same steps you will need to use as a teacher.

Develop a Plan

In terms of developing a plan and a schedule start at the due date 2020-03-17 and work backwards. Look at the tasks to be completed and choose a date for each. Develop a communication plan (face to face, phone Blackboard) and agree on a workflow (will you use Google docs, Office, etc).

Make a rubric

Then make the rubric. Look at the writing standards for fifth grade, specifically those focused on knowledge integration and argumentation. Choose 3-4 skills and develop them into criteria. Set what you think would be goal on each criterion.

Reflect on Process

You also need to create opportunities for students to reflect on their learning in order for learning to occur. Reflecting on writing and the inquiry process helps you grow.

Increase Social Presence

As we have discussed success in online classes takes your cognitive presence and social presence. I want us to use the group studies to focus on our social presence. Online learning does not mean learning alone. Stay in contact with each other, agree on a plan, and stick to the goals.

Greg McVerry

Reading for Understanding Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension

All high school graduates are facing an increased need for a high degree ofliteracy,

What do they my by high degree?

Learning to read well is a long-term developmental process. At the end point,the proficient adult reader can read a variety of materials with ease and interest,can read for varying purposes, and can read with comprehension even whenthe material is neither easy to understand nor intrinsically interesting.

capabilities, motivation, and knowledge (XIV)

Those representations include the surface code (theexact wording of the text), the text base (idea units representing the meaning ofthe text), and the mental models (the way in which information is processed formeaning) that are embedded in the text. Electronic text presents particularchallenges to comprehension (e.g., dealing with the non-linear nature of hypertext),

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@sarahlouwou Beyond everyone should buy your book? (They need to). Just comprehension so contextual with background knowledge and curriculum so controlled by publishers get better ROI, IMO, focusing on coaching to increase instructional capacity

Greg McVerry

My kids school uses iReady, the language arts assessment get real problematic right such thing as a diagnostic comprehension test....that belongs in the fiction section....

Greg McVerry

@SaraJPeden I don't put much weight in the mathematical models of comprehension....mainly becuase I think comprehension is multifactored and we don't know enough about multi factor assessments to even assume we could build the regression model

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Also model that consistently been shown to explain less variance than other attempts to model comprehension. Put "simple view of reading model" in Google scholar, almost all studies w/ empirical evidence (Gough & Tunmer had none) do not support


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