Hi again –
We’re trying to get a head start on this year’s “Nudging Toward Inquiry” columns, so here’s a request for your best tips about how you’re deepening your work with researchers in grades 6-8.
Here are some questions we have on our mind as we think about research with middle schoolers.
- As students approach age 13, the age at which they can legally build accounts on most Web sites, are there any organizational tools (e.g., Diigo, Dropbox, Evernote, Scoop.It, Google) that you teach? What is the impact?
- What databases or open Web sites do you use?
- How are you dividing kids into groups? Homogenously? Heterogeneously? Or do kids work alone? Why?
- How do you sustain student engagement with a topic if projects take multiple weeks to create?
- Do you do several short projects or a few long ones?
- What is the collaborative role between you and the teacher?
- At what point, if any, do you hand off the work to the teacher to finish in the classroom?
- How do you assess? What are you looking for?
- How do you deal with citation with this age group?
- How do students share what they’ve learned?
- How do you teach search to this age group?
We’d love to hear from you (and have a chance to get a few of these columns written before the busy school year begins!).