Much as I hate September – especially the first week – eventually we get rolling. Things are changing in our school. There have been some shifts in who is teaching what – which means changes to research projects.
My first reaction to change is to whine to myself. Once I start planning, I find myself energized.
Right now one of our English teachers and I are working on a new project for the seniors. They need to choose a research topic they are passionate about. I have some preliminary notes on this post – 12th Grade English Research Project Ideas (“What Will You Do To Change The World?”)
Below are some miscellaneous ideas that are floating though my head. I need to get them down before they float out of my head. I can expand on the ideas later. right now – I need to write down the bare bones as a reminder…
Kids browse CQ & other resources (databases AND print versions) for topic ideas they are passionate about
Need to create an iceberg image for research – teach kids to scan the surface and then delve deeper. Encyclopedia is the tip of the iceberg. Just below the surface are more detailed reference books. Diving further down we find periodicals (especially academic journals). Putting on our scuba gear – we find the most detailed resources – books.
Research needs to be presented to someone other than the teacher. Could have everyone present to the class. Are there other possibilities? EX: Students could find another venue to present their ideas – a video posted to YouTube, a presentation made to PTSA, a presentation to another class – e.g. science or global etc, present to a local community group. Other ideas?
Would have to find a way of making the kids accountable for the presentation. Perhaps require that the presentation be video taped? Create a rubric or other form for listeners to respond to/evaluate their presentation?