Since we are all in this paradigm shift together, I thought I'd share two research tools that I crafted to help inspire your teachers to "Repackage Research" for the Common Core: A teacher self-assessment and a student self-assessment for research--Common Core style!
There's a great deal more in my session than these two self-assessment checklists, but in case you can't attend, I didnt want you to miss out on what I believe is an incriminating self-assessment for teachers who are caught in the old paradigm of "fetching facts."
If you attend my Saturday morning session, we will do some hands-on activities to understand how classroom activities can evolve into "short term or more sustained" research activities. We will share a recipe for creating Essential Questions and attendees should leave feeling that they understand how research within the CCSS should be vastly different that the old-school, low-budget, fact-fetching lame-excuse-for-research endeavors. As Ross Todd says, "why bother?"
- ResearchSchematic NYS (PDF -484 KB)
SCDN Synthesizing! - Student (PDF -396 KB)
Teacher self-assessment (PDF -314 KB)
Repackaging Research Handout (PDF -865 KB) Sat @ 10:00
When we return to work on Monday, our NYSED governing board
will be voting on whether a research paper will be a requirement (postponed until December meeting) for HS graduation. Most high performing schools are there already, but we all know that some schools and classroom teachers are "territorial" and do not collaborate with their librarians. That is not CCSS aligned and you can diplomatically inform them.
Here is our Commissioner of Education, Dr. John King, speaking to 1000+ NYS Network Training ELA teachers last May about "research." Long live the King!
Also on Friday at 8:00 we are presenting Raising eReaders: Rising above reluctancy
Please join us for that session, if you are sitting on the fence wondering why or how to get started with eBooks for popular fiction!
Here is a handout from that session: Raising eReaders (PDF -270 KB) - Friday @ 8:00