[Library Media] Sound familiar?

Kathy Ballard kathy.ballard at monticelloacademy.net
Mon Dec 8 10:01:31 MST 2014


Michelle,

Thank you for sharing this step by step process. I would be interested in
hearing about the results with this collaboration with the teacher.

Kathy Ballard
Librarian
Monticello Academy

On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM, Michelle Melville <
Michelle.Melville at slcschools.org> wrote:

>  Thank you Joanne for sharing this article!
>
>
>
> In regards to the following quote:
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> *Discovery is not the problem – it’s knowing how to evaluate, analyze, and
> synthesize*
>
> *The sources students use in their papers are generally found to be
> acceptable by their professors, who point out that students have more
> trouble with writing, critical thinking, argument, and synthesis (Dimmock
> 2013, 12).*
>
> I have been having ongoing discussions with the LA dept. chair at WHS
> regarding setting up the research process to improve questioning and
> critical thinking, not just research regurgitation.  Here is my thoughts
> for what they are worth!  Too often students are asked to choose a topic,
> write a thesis statement, do research, and report their findings.  The
> problem I have with this approach is that students’ critical thinking is
> greatly hampered when creating a thesis statement before doing any research
> and are therefore not basing their research on a well-rounded essential
> question.
>
> Beginning next week, I am going to take another approach with my LA
> teacher’s argumentative writing paper.  They have been reading “A Long Way
> Gone” about child soldiers and he has a list of topics students can select
> for their paper.  Then the process will proceed:
>
>
>
> ·         Background Knowledge Development regarding topics
>
> ·         Choose Topic
>
> ·         Create an Essential Research Question with following criteria:
>
> 1.      Probes matter of considerable importance
>
> 2.      Requires movement beyond understanding and studying.
>
> 3.      Allows you to create opinion that leads to some kind of action.
>
> 4.      The question cannot be answered by a simple yes or no.
>
> 5.      The question endures, shifts, and evolves with time and changing
> conditions.
>
> 6.      The question may be unanswerable.
>
> 7.      The question may frustrate the researcher.
>
> ·         Begin Research, take notes, create bibliography
>
> ·         Develop Thesis Statement
>
> ·         Continue Research as needed
>
> ·         Create Outline
>
> ·         Final Draft
>
>
>
> **We are using NoodleTools from Pioneer K12 to follow this process.  Each
> notecard in NoodleTools requires a direct quotation, paraphrasing the
> quotation, write opinion about quotation.  NoodleTools is an amazing
> resource for helping students organize their research and paper.  The
> teacher creates a NT dropbox, then the students share their project with
> the teacher.  The teacher can the give feedback on each students project,
> as well as, grading each step in the student’s “To-Do” list without any
> paper being printed!  I will be offering a class on NoodelTools at the
> UELMA Conference if anyone is interested in learning more.
>
>
>
> I have done portions of this process, but now I have a teacher willing to
> try the whole process!  I have done a similar process with students as
> young as second grade.  They would do a typical animal research project
> learning about basic facts, then develop a “Why do you suppose” question
> about the animal, then take their question to an expert (Hogle Zoo) and
> write a paragraph about the question attaching it their research project.
>
>
>
> I love other thoughts on how to develop critical thinking research method!
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>
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> Have a great day,
>
>
>
> *Michelle Melville*
>
> *Library Technology Teacher*
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> *West High School*
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> 241 North 300 West
> Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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> *801-578-8500 x271 <801-578-8500%20x271>*
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> *From:* library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] *On
> Behalf Of *Joanne Christensen
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 04, 2014 1:28 PM
> *To:* State Library Media List Server (library-media at lists.uen.org)
> *Subject:* [Library Media] Sound familiar?
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> http://emilysingley.net/how-college-students-really-do-research-findings-from-recent-studies/
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> Joanne F. Christensen
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> Teacher Librarian
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> Weber High School Library
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> 430 W. Weber High Drive
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> Pleasant View, UT  84414 801-476-3731
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> jchristensen at wsd.net
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