Impact on Student Learning: Monitoring Student Progress
Journal of Practitioner Research
Monitoring each individual student's learning can be a challenge. It is easy for a teacher to ask the whole group a question, but doing so is not an effective strategy to determine individual student's progress. In Florida, student teachers are required to ask the question, "What is my impact on student learning?" as a part of the final internship experience. This study takes place in the final internship of a Secondary English Education major's eleventh grade English Honors class at a high
... class at a high performing, high achieving high school in a large school district. A class of 24 students was taught how to write a personal, reflective essay while the researcher used three teaching strategies to monitor students' learning: supervising/circulating while students were writing, initiating interaction with each student rather than waiting for him/her to ask questions, and one-on-one writing conferences to supply students with feedback during the writing process. A pre-assessment was administered in the form of a baseline writing sample, a post-assessment to apply the essay structure was administered after the skill set was taught, and anecdotal notes and observations were taken during monitoring. Whole class results were examined across pre-and post-assessments. The results show the three monitoring activities were effective in monitoring student progress and had a positive effect on student learning and their growth on the overall learning of a personal, reflective essay. Editor's Note: The first author in this article conducted this inquiry during her final semester in an undergraduate teacher education program. The second author of this article, served as her mentor in the writing of this paper and was her instructor for the senior seminar course that took place during the time of the inquiry. Background This study takes place in the final internship of a Secondary English Education major's 11 th grade English Honors class at a high performing, high achieving high school in one of the largest school districts in the country. Blume High School has been designated as a National Demonstration School for the past two years for their district's curriculum. Additionally, Blume offers over fifty honors courses and twenty AP courses. This school has also been recognized as having one of the highest AP exam pass rates in the county for the year 2014.