It’s apparent that our research project is causing some angst. A few thoughts on this long-term assignment:
- I have not provided enough in-class support to help students research. This is probably because I have a student teacher, and in fact, usually spend more time teaching research skills than I think I do. As a result, a lot of kids have put off doing this assignment out of frustration. I realize that I need to spend more time clarifying a few components of research. This talk also requires some time in
- Students need to write down the passwords located in the IMC or in my room. I cannot post them here, as that’s illegal!
- Due tomorrow are our first 10 sources. Due to the realization that some students may need more assistance with research, those that cannot find 10 won’t be penalized. Instead, tomorrow I will teach better research skills. Those that do not have their 10 resources will be allotted another week to do so. Those that do, can take some time off! I will introduce the thesis component next Friday, and move deadlines back a week or two. More on that later, as I want to focus on finding resources.
Lastly, I encourage students to talk to me when they need help. I know have a student teacher makes it a little more difficult, but students still have a number of ways to contact me (email, docs, etc) if I’m not available in person. Even though I may not respond to an email right away, I will make sure to get in touch with the student the next day.