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In today's postmodern society, it is getting harder and harder to get the students engaged in classroom instruction and learning. The purpose of this research project was to seek ways to create a more engaged learning environment for the students. The teacher-researcher integrated the most current educational reform Whole Brain Teaching method in classroom instruction and management for one whole week of research. It continued on to the succeeding weeks up until the present time. There were 26 fifth graders participated in this study. The research study began on Monday, October 19, 2009 and concluded on Friday, October 23, 2009. To document evidence of the problem of student disengagement to the lesson, the student behavior observation tally sheet was used in this research. A week prior to the research study, the teacher researcher conducted a pre-observation by putting tallies whenever one of the nine (9) listed behaviors was observed. The data were gathered and interpreted and after a week of experimentation, a post-observation of the behaviors listed on the pre-observation, was conducted. I integrated the Whole Brain Teaching (formerly Power Teaching) approach for one full week of teaching and managing the classroom to address a need to create a more engaged learning environment. After one week of studying these students, the behaviors observed (Figure 1) decreased tremendously as they became more engaged in the learning process. (Contains 2 figures.)

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teacher Researchers, Grade 5, Observation, Worksheets, Student Behavior, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Brain, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Learning Modalities

Autor: Palasigue, Jesame Torres


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