There was a day not too long ago when I felt like I had absolutely no idea how to teach students how to research. It was an existential – what’s the point of it all? – moment that was heightened by a persistent cold and frustration with, well, the world. So, what did I do? I engaged in some retail therapy and bought a stack of professional books that I’m eager to read!
Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age by Alan C. November (2011)
Our middle school staff is reading this one, and it was recommended at my Tech committee meeting. Looks like a quick read.
Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor MacKenzie (2016)
I noticed my teacher friends shelving this book on Goodreads, so I grabbed a copy too. Looks to be another quick read – and a new release this year.
This one looks like it may take some digging into – and it comes with a DVD of the “thinking” in practice. Curious – and just realized it correlates to the Harvard Project Zero PD class that I may take this spring!
I wonder if the “Question Formulation Technique” is something different than what I have been doing and teaching. I will soon find out!
Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe, Grant P. Wiggins (2013)
This book was the first I perused online – and the one that inspired me to think about our 3rd and 4th grade research units differently.
If you’ve read any of the books above, please comment and let me know what you thought! I imagine it will take me some time to get through the stack, so I’d love some help navigating my way.