Educational Research is such an important subject in our culture. Although there may be those that feel differently, I believe we have one of the strongest educational systems in the world here in America. Students come from all over the world to study in our country, and our economy and research and development here in the states is the proof. This course helped me realize the importance of research-based pedagogy. I learned so much about research and APA formatting in this course. I appreciate the passion Dr. Lee has about the subject she teaches. I don’t feel I had many misconceptions about educational research, but this course certainly has given me more insight into educational research. As I mentioned earlier, I learned a lot more about APA formatting than I ever have before and will now be able to more successfully apply it into my formal research projects. This insight and many other resources that I have discovered in this class will serve me well in the future. This research-based information will definitely help make me a more informed educator for teaching and learning.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Impact Cycle textbook. I especially enjoyed the videos and supporting content that it contained. I think it is a very innovative approach to instructional coaching. I learned how to implement the impact cycle, gained experience using it, and saw examples from the textbook in action. I was also excited to see how so many of peers are integrating it. There were multiple checklists and other tools included that accompany proven approaches to education. I am positive this will assist me moving forward as an educator. As for personal growth, I realized how much more I need to dig into instructional strategies to become a stronger teacher. I would say that is my biggest takeaway from my coaching experience up to this point. Luckily, the textbook includes many resources to study and use in the future. To become a better coach, I am going to need to spend more time becoming acquainted with these resources, as well as staying on top of newer strategies and other educational tools since education and technology are always progressing.
Knight, J. (2018). The Impact Cycle: What instructional coaches should do to foster powerful improvements in teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.