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Daniel's Senior Speech on Music

posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:08 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 8:08 PM by Brad Kohl ]

A little over a month ago, I delivered my senior speech to the Breck Upper School. Since it is directly inspired by the work that Eden and I have done for the "Assessing the Power of Music" project, I wanted to share it with all of those following our research...

The Power of Music - Daniel Bergerson's Senior Speech

Musical Scavenger Hunt

posted Nov 30, 2012, 7:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 7:31 AM by Brad Kohl ]

    As a part of the fourth grade curriculum at Nellie Stone Johnson each class focuses a part of their classroom time to learning about Opera. As a supplement to the classroom learning, various activities are scattered throughout the year, which help students to gain a hands on understanding of Opera and operatic terminology. In the fall the entire fourth grade has the privilege of being taught a class by a member of the Minnesota Opera Guild, and later in the year the classes are treated to a tour of the Opera's theater and backstage area. After each event the separate classes are tested on their knowledge of a list of terms. 
    This year the 4th grade just finished their first pre-test of the terms and after meeting with an Opera member for a class period, they also took a post test of this same test to measure any enhancements in their operatic knowledge. Lately we have been closely analyzing the data. This included the differences between classes and the changes from pre to post tests. The variables looked at were the number of questions answered correctly, number of questions answered completely correctly (meaning that out of a total number of points for each question, the child received all of them), and number of questions attempted. 
    After analyzing these results in SPSS we have taken on the job of presenting the statistical results of the first pre and post test to the 4th grade classroom teachers at Nellie Stone Johnson. Our findings will hopefully help them to understand the differences in scores between their relative classes, and inspire conversation about ways to improve teaching styles.

Beginning Stages of Research and Data Entry

posted Oct 30, 2012, 7:48 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 2, 2012, 7:54 AM by Brad Kohl ]

 The Reading to the Beat Program, engineered as a pilot a few years ago, had astounding results. The data collected in the past indicated that by tapping out simple words to a common beat, children increased their speed and accuracy when reading these sight words. This program is being implemented again this year using a select group of english language learners, who have been struggling with language proficiency skills. Convincing data published in support of this program, could be instrumental in changing the way that reading is taught in the classroom.
    Over the past few weeks we have been busy designing a spreadsheet and entering in the pre-test data, which depicts the reading level of the students before the Reading to the Beat program was implemented. This data will be used as a baseline, and a point of comparison for future investigation. 
    Recently we have met with Dr. Lipscomb, a professor and researcher at the university of Minnesota to discuss data collection and analysis. One of our goals for the purposes of analyzing the data is to create a formula that represents a single number for fluency. This equation will need to relate the amount of time that is taken for a student to read a list of words (which should decrease over time), with the total number of words read accurately (which should increase over time). 

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