Since this course is not instructor led, I am really learning to appreciate my peers, their thoughts, contributions and feedback. When making my original post this week, my answer to this weeks essential question, I was not sure if my data method would be a good enough method to provide data for my project, but after receiving some feedback, I am feeling much more confident about my ideas. My peers informed me that my data collection method was adequate and a good method. One of my peers even asked me a question about the randomization of my data collection, and I was able to adjust my methods using her suggestion!
Also, as I looked around at other people’s blog posts I was able to get some really good ideas. I enjoyed reading about other people’s data collection methods, and I was able to see that one classmate is using a similar data collection method to me, but over a longer period of time. I am planning on adding this method to my project. I also noticed that a lot of people will be using observations and student surveys or interviews as data for their project. I think using observational data would be beneficial for my project as well and will be a good complement to the numerical data I will collect. My own observational data will help either confirm or disagree with the data I collect and would be a powerful piece of evidence to add to my project. Student surveys also sound interesting to me. I might consider surveying my students to see if they enjoy the Brain Gym activities, just for my own professional and instructional knowledge. I do not think surveys would be applicable to my research question, unless I ask the students a question like “Did you feel more engaged after doing a Brain Gym activities?” But it would be hard to get accurate and reflective responses from my students. I would be more interested to know, just for personal purposes, if they enjoyed the activities and would want to continue to do them.