Although my data did not necessarily provide with the results that I expected, after collecting and tabulating all my data, I am very pleased with the data I have. I have a combination of quantitative and qualitative data that leads to really great opportunities for interpretations.
First off, I will explain the students engagement percentages that I got from the on task/off task observations by comparing them to the control data I collected before implementing Brain Gym. By making this comparison I can explain that initially, the Brain Gym implementation did not improve student engagement, but as days progressed, student engagement increased with each day, and were this trend allowed to continue, it can be assumed that student engagement would have continued to improve until it topped out in the mid-high 90s. I can make the assumption, that after an initial stagnation, while students adjusted to the new routine, engagement in the classroom was improved.
Secondly, I can assess student approval of the new routine after analyzing student surveys. Using the surveys I can make generalizations about how students feel about using Brain Gym in the classroom. Overall, student feel ‘happy’ about the Brain Gym activities, the favorite activity was “infinity drawing” and the students tend to feel refreshed, warmed-up and ready to learn after doing the activities.
Lastly, after conducting the focus group, I was able to understand the way students perceive physical movement in the classroom. The students understand and believe that physical activity in the classroom is important and they believe that it helps them be better learners. The students are enjoying the ways we are incorporating physical activity and movement into the classroom and did not have any ideas about how to change or improve its use in the classroom.
What I learned from my data, is how much I can learn by asking my students questions about the functions and routines in the classroom. It’s great because it really helps the students feel like their thoughts and opinions are being valued (they are!) and it helps me understand how well my classroom design is working for the students I have. I really enjoyed this opportunity to get to hear from my students, and hear their opinions about what we do in class. It was really refreshing to me as a teacher to her their personal thoughts and opinions about non-academic topics, and it was also reassuring to me to hear from them that they are enjoying what we do in class, they understand its value and they approve of its use. The surveys were really quick and easy to do, but so insightful! I may continue to use more informal surveys in the future!