Date of Award

Spring 4-16-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Michael Coquyt


As educators, we often find ourselves in situations where students aren’t always following along with what we say and at times are being a distraction for the class. Having experienced this numerous times, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to take a look at what strategies are out there and practice applying them to find what works best. The approach I took for this was to complete an autoethnography. An autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systemically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience (Ellis, 2004; Holman Jones, 2005). This was a great opportunity for me to take a look at what strategies are out there and see what could work with my class and setting. As a physical education teacher, some of the strategies listed weren’t necessarily applicable because they were more for traditional classroom settings. I was able to apply traditional and not traditional because of this.



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