Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

Abstract

The purpose of this six week study was to investigate how elementary teachers craft their literacy instruction during a whole group 90-minute reading block to support students who struggle with reading. I designed this study of seven classroom teachers to parallel my personal philosophy that all students can learn how to read. As a new special education and consultant teacher I struggled with effective ways to plan my reading lessons to accommodate the range of students, particularly those students who struggle with reading and writing. Conducting this study has given me a better understanding of some of the processes teachers use to plan, implement, and support students who struggle with reading and writing during whole group instruction. I am now better able to support my students who struggle because I have learned new strategies, skills, and techniques.

The experience of researching a topic that is relevant to my current teaching practices helped me improve and build upon my researching skills. During the process of conducting this study, I enhanced my researching skills such as effective data collection, analysis, and synthesis, and I learned effective qualitative research methods and ethical practices that I anticipate that I will use in future research projects.

I believe that because of the findings from this research I am now a more effective observer of classroom instruction especially as it relates to supporting students who struggle with reading, which I anticipate will help me be more purposeful and knowledgeable in my future literacy instruction. Through the research process I built relationships with my new colleagues, which will be beneficial for my professional development and success as a teacher.

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