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TNLI: Action Research: Curriculum Implementation

what we've found.

Completed Research Projects

Elementary School

Technology and Peer Conferencing on Student Writing Performance by Maria Breen
The classroom website Maria Breen created helped her motivate her students and provide another method for them to improve their writing skills.

arrow Mathematics Intervention in the Primary Grades by Frances Schuchman
arrow A New Experience Teaching Phonemic Awareness by Ivy Ng
This study will examine the challenges for young English Language Learners (ELLs) to achieve phonemic awareness skills in an English-language classroom. 
arrow What Good is Accountable Talk If You Can’t Understand It? by Karen Ramirez
We obviously spend a lot of time teaching students to read and write according to these literacy standards. However, I think that very little time, if any, is spent teaching speaking and listening. 
arrow Connecting Generations in Music Education by Rebecca Ponka
Music education is an integral part of students’ school experience. This study examines the relationship between students who participate in voluntary music programs and their parents’ participation in, encouragement, and support of their child’s music studies.
arrow Breakfast & Book: The Importance of Making Home-School Connections
by Nicole Nadeau
arrow Teaching Kids How to Talk: The Benefits of Teaching Struggling Readers to have Deeper, More Effective Conversations by Karen Ramirez
How can I best use my after school time with my struggling readers and how will these skills show up in the classroom?

Does Right = Write? How Does Student Writing About Math Connect to the Assessment of Students’ Mathematical Understanding? by Maureen Connelly
As the Math Lead Teacher in Grade 3 I was concerned about an apparent disconnect between math understanding and “getting the right answers” on work pages and quizzes.

arrow Teaching to the Test and Beyond: Finding Academic Value in a Test Prep by Amy Kopchains
What if teaching to the test did not mean teaching to simply raise scores but teaching the knowledge and skills that the test sought to measure?
arrow Learning to Be a Good Guy: Teaching Social Justice in the Primary Classroom by Liz Goss
What happens when teachers take back some of their power to make curricular choices and then use this power with their students to investigate how to create a better world for all of us?
arrow How Great is the Correlation between a Second Grade Student’s Fluency Rate and the Ability to Comprehend Text? by Cynthia Brawner
I set out to see how helping students to improve their oral fluency when reading would make a difference in their comprehension of text and ultimately in their achievement.
arrow Using Readers Theater to Show Off Good Reading by Janet Caluris
Readers theater improved my students’ reading rate, word recognition accuracy and use of expression while reading as well as their attitudes toward reading.
arrow Manipulatives or Algorithms? A New Teacher’s Adventure with Constructivist Math by John Chew
The teaching of mathematics, especially elementary school math is so easy to do badly, yet so difficult to do well.
arrow The Effectiveness of an After School Web-Enhanced Tutorial Program by Joy Levy
What happens to mathematical achievement scores when fifth grade students and their parents interact in an after school web- enhanced tutorial program?
What Happens to Third Graders' Writing When They Participate in a Reading and Letter Writing Program? by Cynthia Brawner
A Second Grade Writing Colony by Sarah Picard (pdf file. Need Adobe Acrobat? Click here.)
The Holy Grail: In Search of Reading Comprehension in the Second Grade by Marika Páez
Play Matters by Susan Courtney 
Is That Crab Really Dead? by Leslie Ann Gravitz
Middle School
arrow You Gotta Know the Rules to Break the Rules: Code-Switching and Attitudes About Language by Erin McCrossan Cassar
What is the impact of contrastive analysis language instruction?
Making  37 ½  Minutes Count: Teaching Learning-Disabled Middle School Students in a Pull-Out Program by Amy Kopchains
Does teaching learning disabled students in a pull-out program under current conditions work?
arrow Leaving No Child Behind by Greer Stangl
Can you motivate an underachieving regular education student to graduate?
arrow Closing the Achievement Gap by Chris McLean
Would an ethnocentric curriculum raise the achievement levels of my struggling minority students?
arrow Implications of No Child Left Behind by Tamara Grimes-Stewart
Does inclusion include students with disabilities and teachers?
arrow Encouraging, Thoughtful, and Helpful Responses to High Stakes Writing: How Do Writing Teachers Do It All? by Jennifer Rygalski
I questioned whether the comments I wrote in response to the students’ work assisted them in improving not only their writing, but also their attitudes and confidence about writing as well.
"Gimme that school where everything's scripted!" by Marika Paez
Breaking the Code: An Action Research Study of My Role as an Instructional Facilitator by Lara Goldstone (pdf file. Need Adobe Acrobat? Click here.)
Evidence of Understanding in an 8th Grade Classroom by Matt Wayne
Getting Smarter at School by Matt Wayne

The Mother Tongue by Lara Goldstone

Rising to the Challenge of High Standard by Matt Wayne
High School
arrow Benefits and Challenges to Service-Learning with First Generation Immigrant Students by Shahzia Pirani-Mellstrom and Laura Berson
What are the benefits and challenges service-learning curriculum presents to first generation immigrant students?
arrow Tearing Down the Classroom Walls: Analyzing the Effects of Interdisciplinary Team Teaching by Nicole Mirra
Does interdisciplinary collaborative planning and teaching affect students’ critical thinking skills and teacher creativity?
arrow Chemistry in Art: Crossing the Curriculum by James Kopchains
Can teaching chemistry be paired with art instruction to boost student performance in chemistry?

Looking in the Mirror: Helping Adolescent Talk More Reflectively During Portfolio Presentations by Tim Fredrick
Unsatisfied with the experiences I was having with portfolios, but still convinced of their potential, I spent the summer contemplating how I could improve my use of portfolios in the classroom. 

arrow Chemistry in Art: Learning to Understand by James Kopchains
Student understanding of chemical concepts is difficult to gauge.  However, if you tie it into objective tests and test through a specific curriculum, you might be able to determine how much a student understands?
arrow The Implications of Basic Math Class Required Learnings on the Graduation Rates of Basic Math Students by Shelly Klein
What would happen if you required your freshman and sophomore basic math students to correctly complete a set number of tutorial software problems each day, and to pass 36 standard quizzes, 60% or better, and they would fail them if they did not do these required learnings?
arrow After the Bell Rings: Student Perceptionsof Afterschool by Erica Litke
How can I effectively structure my time with my students in an afterschool program so that they attend and reap the greatest educational benefits?
arrow Choosing to Belong: Increasing Adolescent Male Engagement in the ELA Classroom by Tim Fredrick
Boys are engaged at lower levels than girls in all subjects, but most of all in the English Language Arts.
arrow Reducing "Alliteracy" in High School Students by Joanne Collison
How can teachers and librarians reduce alliteracy in high schools?
arrow It's More than Throwing Out the Ball by Carolann Space
Do children who are physically active during the school day perform better in school than those who are not? 
arrow What Factors Impact the Success of Special Education Students in the Inclusive Secondary English Classroom? by Juanita Pritchett
arrow Finding the Right Fit by Jill Rumley
How will immerged special education students being tested in their actual grade level perform in high-stakes reading and writing tests?
arrow Consider Advanced Placement for Career Technical Students by Sharon Crossen
How does offering advanced placement classes in a before-school setting affect a diverse population of students in a vocational school?
arrow Making Meaning through Written Response by Rosemary Barilla and Karen Dreyfuss
With great pressure on teachers to ensure that students perform well on standardized tests, teachers must be able to understand how different kinds of readers comprehend what they read.

Adolescent Literacy by Carol Tureski


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