Creating an annotated bibliography is a great way to begin research. While I had not done this in a while, I found it to be very useful. I was able to review multiple sources and evaluate whether they were effective and applied to my needs. It helped give me a “critical” lens to look though as I read each article, and I feel as if I can take away a lot of new and useful information from my research. I researched the flipped classroom method, since it is something I am trying to move to in my own classroom. I was excited to read all of the positive research that has been done on this method. Many teachers have piloted a flipped classroom, and student survey results and test scores show that it is successful. My research led me to multiple different methods that could work in my classroom and I am excited to design lessons and units around these ideas. I particularly like the idea of using primary sources and online discussions outside of the classroom to facilitate discussion prior to class time. I also found some articles on the “logistics” of a flipped model for a whole school. This article explained the benefits of having students meet less times during the week and the cost benefit of a flipped model. While this may not pertain to my current job, it is useful information to consider as I move forward with my career.
I found the Boise State Albertsons Library Database to be very useful in finding scholarly articles on this topic. I was able to read through the results and their abstracts to discover which sources might be most beneficial. Using APA format was new to me when I began this course. I have used Purdue Owl and many of the other resources provided to gain a better understanding of how to use APA properly. While this assignment was time-consuming, it was very useful to my educational growth and research. I feel confident with new ideas for my classroom in the fall, but also confident in how to continue to research new ideas and information.