The focus of my research begins at the national level. I wanted to learn about how other states use goal setting to increase academic performance. There's a county in Kentucky that found that the greatest problem in students is their apathetic attitude for learning. I feel that apathy is an issue that can begin in elementary. Goal setting might happen with the teachers, they have expectations of their students, but the goals are not shared or internalized by the students. Teaching the instructors and students to set, monitor, and celebrate goal achievement is one way in increase enthusiasm for learning.
My research seems to have two parts to it, goal setting and technology in the classroom. A county in Tennessee has incorporated digital tools in the classroom to increase performance in the writing process. They found that even the most reluctant writer should some growth in their writing performance. Narrowing back to the state of California, the use of tablets in the class seemed to increase motivation for learning by allowing the students to have flexibility in using apps that will cater more to their levels of learning.
Now my job is to see how I can combine goal setting in a digital manner. There is a plethora of information out there. I see how someone can go overboard with research and how it can pull in different directions. Funnel is my blog title, to funnel through information with many ideas and narrow down to a couple or one. But, I can easily see how the funnel can be flipped and I start with one idea, and I find many.