Utilizing evidence-based strategies to increase student engagement and intrinsic motivation will deepen overall learning. As well as foster a lifelong love of learning that students take with them throughout their lives. This research project details an analysis of a student teacher’s instruction and planning of curriculum during their practicum experience in the 2021 - 2022 school year. I spent the year in an 11th-grade English language arts classroom. The research details an analysis of the following questions:

  1. How have my differentiation strategies improved throughout my teaching to increase accessibility and equity?

  2. How have I improved my own teaching through the implementation, reflection, and analysis of evidence-based teaching practices?

  3. How have I improved my teaching of English language arts through content-specific strategies to increase overall engagement and deepen learning?

Data was analyzed from journal entries, lesson plans, and supervisor feedback. This paper includes a philosophy of education, a literature review, research methods, presentation of data, implications, and concluding analysis.

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

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Melanie Landon-Hays and Amy Bowden

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Jason Jenkins


Education, accessibility, high leverage practices, intrinsic motivation, engagement



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