Applying Literature Vocabulary to Increase Reading Comprehension, Krystle Williams

Completing this action research project made a huge impact on the way I view data and the research process. I realized that all educators are in their own right researchers, but that often times we do not see ourselves as that. Since beginning my teaching career, I, like all teachers, have tried new things and then made my decision to use, tweak, or throw out the idea based on student performance and feedback. Through this research experience, I have learned that this is indeed action research, just on a more informal level. I have also learned how to analyze data and track growth as a way to inform my instruction, instead of just being necessary information for my administration. Not only will I continue implementing the strategies I have learned through this action research project in my classroom, but when implementing new strategies in the future I will use data to determine whether or not it is valuable to my classroom and my students. Overall, this entire experience has made me a more aware educator, who has a better understanding of how to determine the impact strategies and curriculum have on my students.

At the school level, this research project has allowed me to share my ideas and allowed other teachers to see that these strategies are effective. Not only have I used the results and strategies associated with this project with all of my honors, regular, and inclusion classes, but other teachers are also beginning to use them as well. The other 7th grade ELA teacher has implemented this model in her classroom and the resource ELA teacher for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade has begun implementing the model after seeing the positive effects of teaching students how to apply their literature vocabulary knowledge to questions as a means to improve reading comprehension.