The purpose of this Action Research Project was designed to assist myself in developing my teaching practice, particularly in the areas of developing the relationships with students as more effective and meaningful to encourage students to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. Secondly, to differentiate my teaching through effective instruction strategies to meet the needs of culturally diverse students and the array of learning abilities. Finally, the research touched on best practices to use in the health classroom that form better teaching practice specific to the content discipline and at the same time engage the backgrounds and experiences of students. These were all researched with the motivation of the connection between building relationships in order to engage students and the teacher towards academic and life-long success.

Through collection of classroom data, including all artifacts from over the course of two terms of writing in a journal, observation commentaries by experienced educators, and formal lesson plans, I was able to learn the value of teacher and student relationships for success both in the practice for the teacher and the academic success for students.

I concluded, through this action research process that learning the background of your students helps to build relationship and is motivational for student learning, engaging with effective instruction strategies builds student confidence for all levels of learning, and focusing on best practices helps students to relate to discipline specific content in more meaningful ways. Though this action research does not conclusively answer the research questions that were posed, only steps towards them, it does suggest that continued practice of the data collection and analysis will further new goals to be set and questions to be asked, ever improving the teacher profession.

Exit Requirement

Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

Committee Chair

Kenneth Carano

Committee Member

Eduardo Soboll


teacher and student relationship, effective instruction strategies, best practices in the Health classroom, healthy and safe classroom environment



Type (DCMI Terms)


Subject Categories

Health and Physical Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching

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