Tame Chaos of Classroom Research!
Using IIM to Guide Inquiry & PBL
Essential & Guiding Questions
- Choose a unit of study that is connected to grade-level curriculum.
- Convert standard unit you are required to teach into research unit with already defined learning outcomes to develop essential and guiding questions around major concepts to be learned.
- Use unit planning form to set stage, identify resource materials, lessons & activities, and target key content and skills
- Guiding questions are standards-based and frame study to ensure unit avoids becoming a series of activities
* Structure Learning with Essential Questions (via Teachingchannel.org)
* Essential Questions (via Scholastic.com)
* What is an essential question? (via Grant Wiggins)
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Developing Student Questions
Enthusiasm and personal interests are a big part of learning!
- Distinguishing between Thick & Thin Questions
- Cultivating Keen Observers: See-Think-Wonder
- I wonder.... Responding to Non-Fiction
- Thinkmarks for Asking Questions HERE
Topics & Goal-Setting
There are many sticky-note and mind-mapping tools available online that provide a platform for individual or collaborative brainstorming, color-coding, connecting and categorizing ideas, and making revisions over time.
Post a questions or new facts & knowledge about IIM on session Padlet (link).
Note-Taking & Organizing
•Quicklyst Organize, save and search notes with just a username and password—no account registration.
•Titanpad: Online document notepads for shared and collaborative writing with each author typing in a different color. No logins and will autosave.
•Scrumblr - A simple easy to use site for brainstorming or organizing color coded notes.
Bubble.us: Build webs and mindmaps with the simplicity of text-only features; saveable with no account necessary.
Scrumblr - A simple easy to use site for brainstorming or organizing color coded notes.
Popplet.com: Share and organize ideas on a webbing canvas - includes a drawing tool, media and commenting features
Goal Setting & Evaluation
Add an outward dimension to reflection and evaluation by using a variety of digital formats…
- Googleforms: Students can submit reflections and research goal evaluations electronically. Students can also self-assess and quick-share their progress at designated points (What did you learn today? What new questions might you explore?) Forms can also be embedded or linked to a wiki or website.
Safe & Simple Blogs for Students: kidblog.org
Research Launch Page
End of Class Reflection: goo.gl/AFgl1U
Product & Presentation
Technology tools provide opportunities for differentiation, personalization, and flexibility in product creation and presentation. Students can choose from a range of presentation and storytelling platforms to represent their research and share online with diverse audiences. Expression styles may combine text, hyperlinks, images, video, and audio together. With teacher guidance, can choose from a menu of options that connect to identified standards and written expression.