The purpose of this study was to determine if using reciprocal teaching prompt cards could assist in student comprehension of a technical scientific article. I wanted to find out if using a real world example, in the form of a scientific article, that was specifically chosen to complement the topic for the day would improve student understanding of that topic. Using the research work of Meyer (2010) prompt cards were devised to guide student reading and comprehension of the article. My goal was to teach the students to read a technical article and be able to present information from that article in a manner that could be understood by a lay person. The results of my study underlined what I already believed, bringing in real world examples and teaching students to read and dissect a technical article would enhance comprehension.
Tolman, K. (2011). Not assigning grades: The effects of not putting grades on assignments. College of Education and Business, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon. Retrieved from http://www.eou.edu/ed/jeri/JERIArticles.html
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of removing a score or letter grade from assignments, either in-class work or homework assigned to students at the secondary level. When speaking with other teachers and other student teachers the unanimous consensus was that students will refuse to do work unless points or letter grades are assigned. O’Connor (2009) has indicated that there are several grading practices that can inhibit student learning including grading first efforts and grading work on material that has not yet been taught. The goal of this research was to uncover the effects on students completion rate of removing the day to day marks on assignments as well as the overall effects of term grades by removing the effect of homework and daily work on those grades.