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ISSUE

Planning Considerations:

01

OVERVIEW PLANNING TIPS AND

Guided Inquiries

TOOLS

APRIL 2013

Ideally we would like you to have some ideas regarding the following before you book a planning session: •

Assignment topic

Learning outcomes

Tip 3:

Any prior skill coverage in class

Book a eLibrary Connect

this issue

Timing

session for your class where

Why bother? P.1

Preferred assessment methods

a TL can video conference

Specific requirements:

into your classroom a

o

variety of quick mini-lessons

Outline P.2

PICK THE THINKING ERRORS:

Online resources P.3

Submission

o

Due date

for any of the beDEFINITE

o

Citation

steps or general information

o

Notes

literacy skill e.g. catalogue

o

Preferred resources

use, online databases, online

o

Evidence of beDEFINITE steps

encyclopaedias, advanced

Internet is a digital library and

Planning considerations P.4

has everything the boys will need for this assignment All Hale boys are competent, independent and self-sufficient information users

Exploring Hale’s Guided Inquiry research framework A research task is a journey that our

Google searches, referencing

However we can offer advice, suggestions and support in the design

Given the previous 2 facts this

etc. specific to your

and running of your assignment. We can often give you an insight as

assignment doesn’t warrant a

immediate needs. Book one

to the skills that your class may have covered over the last year, as

Guided Inquiry approach,

of us on Hale Ute and we’ll

well as an indication of information literacy expectations for this.

send you easy connect

boys will travel many times throughout their years at Hale. It has been likened to

teacher librarian involvement ,

a river where at its source movement is a

library resources or class visit

collection of slow trickles of which some

Aims: •

support to the teachers in the design and delivery of subject research tasks for all years, both middle and

will gather speed and forward direction

instructions. Connect when you and your boys are ready as we’ll be waiting.

DEFINITIONS:

as they coalesce. At times the research

Information literacy is the

process will be shallow and slow while at

ability to locate, evaluate and use information wisely for

CONNECT

learning, thinking and creating

senior. •

to guide both teachers and

subjects by establishing a common

cutting. Eventually essential ideas and

students through the inquiry

the final destination – the sea of

framework and language base. •

acronym beDEFINITE) Intervention zone is the area

Forrest Library Whe r e i de a s gr ow … Anette Ainsworth Beth Geddes Julie Roberts Susan Howlett Carol Davies Michelle Falconer

(Head of Library) (Teacher Librarian) (Teacher Librarian) (PT Teacher Librarian) (Library Technician) (Library Assistant)

in which an information user can do with advice and

Developing a set of scaffolds tailored to meet Hale’s differentiated content,

understanding.

process, products, or the learning

process (Hale uses the

Guided Inquiry Newsletter Issue 01 March 2013

Encourage student transference of information literacy skills between

other times its focus will be deep and

information are carried forward towards Guided inquiry is a framework

Provide flexible and individualized

Inquiry Process beDEFINITE: 1. 2.

assistance in what he cannot

3.

do alone or can only do with

4.

great difficulty

5. 6. 7. 8.

Define the task Explore the topic Find resources Inspect for the best Notemake Investigate your notes Translate notes into presentation Evaluate process

environments. •

Gather a set of IL skills examples

Promote a whole school approach as would be evident in continued growth of library developed and supported GIs,

more

effective

use

of

intervention zones as well as crosscurricular planning.

Forrest Library Whe r e i de a s gr ow …


Differentiation? Aim high… accommodate low…

The Guided Experience

Interested in collaboration? Come on down…

Keep in mind that, regardless of the tools that a teacher chooses to use, the goal in any classroom ought to be to aim high so that each and every

Allowing time for us to fully listen and plan for your unique set of requirements and preferences is

A simple outline of the inquiry process steps and suggestions as to how they can be adapted to best suit your research needs

student experiences an appropriate challenge. However, aiming high for all cannot mean the same instruction and work for all. This is, of course, why differentiation is a necessity in

essential. Allow time for your boys to progress through the steps with a combination of classroom sessions and TL led demonstrations in the Forrest Library. Typically we break up

Leverage technology for added value

any classroom

Step 1: Is this best Question

development

foundation

of

is

every

the

Step 2: Outline the basics

handled as an inquiry?

Step 3: Commit to the

The internet provides a huge

journey

array of resources which at

It is best to design with the end

research

times can just overwhelm the

investigation. It is also a way we

An inquiry is an active learning

in mind. Do you want your

Guided inquiries take time to

some individuals. It is our aim

accommodate the needs of the less

process. Ask yourself if your

boys

plan,

to

competent students. It is important to

activity is inquiry based and as

skills, critical thinking skills,

effectively and this is why the

search

skills

expect a range of questioning levels

such are you expecting your

and subject knowledge? What

Library offers as much support

reliable

materials

but

more

boys to research a question

prior

the

and

through collection and analysis

have?

application questions as opposed to

of relevant data. Recognize

more

and

to

develop

resource

and

run

demonstrate

advanced

and

provide so

that

is

not

will

they

and involvement as you would

surfing

sort

of

like from us. Hale is committed

necessary. A vital part of our

assessments do you need?

to

an

beDEFINITE research path is

that not all inquiries are equal

Book

effective investigation scaffold.

to require the boys to use a

evaluation questions for the more

with a range of levels from the

meeting with Anette

able students

confirmation of information to

in Forrest Library to

See Bloom’s Taxonomy Guide to

open inquiry. Guided inquiries

help

decide what

“Let your students

Writing Questions

can allow for student input in

could be done to

be active learners.

their

focus

best

used,

your needs and how

their

the Library can help.

perhaps

knowledge,

allow

for

comprehension

analysis,

synthesis

hypothesis,

Another strategy would be to focus

questions,

sources

on individual beDEFINITE steps over

conclusions

etc.

successive investigations or ask for

teacher and teacher librarian

an information folio at an appropriate

acting as guides along the

level from Forrest Library.

way.

Flexible

The

with

inquiry

process

grouping decisions are also a useful

should be seen as a continuum

strategy allowing the inquiry process

with students progressing in

to be spread across individuals.

their skill levels throughout the

Accommodate those students who

year. Competent students may

have demonstrated mastery to move forward

independently

while

individual or small group tutorials are conducted on the current skill set. Book our support and skills to effectively use these zones.

intervention

be left to work independently while allowing those requiring more direct intervention to get what

they

need

to

reinforce specific skills.

help

knowledge

research

What

a

quick

accommodate

guided

inquiries

as

Web

variety of resources as well as Julie

Aim high and

can

making

informed

decisions

design your GI from

about

scratch, format and

available for their information

upload

needs .and abilities.

to

portal,

accommodate low.”

help

support

the

the

best

resources

design materials

and templates.

ONLINE ENCYCLOPAEDIAS:

PATHFINDERS:

with class periods in between

Correct, concise and customizable

Want a simple collation of current

especially for the later note-making

resources for a specific topic for your

stages and translating into their final

students. Just ask.

presentation. Processing time is

ONLINE DATABASES:

media types e.g. magazines,

FORREST LIBRARY FLIPPED:

As you can appreciate any guided

scholarly journals, newspapers

These are a collection of quick video

inquiry is very much a team teaching

and newswires, TV and radio

tutorials available for individual or

scenario with heightened flexibility

transcripts, audio and video

teacher use. Requests welcome.

and provision of multiple means of

resource suggestions and task sheet design. An effective task sheet covers the specifics -length,

citation

format,

acceptable types of sources, presentation and submission requirements. Your students should know the purpose of the assignment. Terminology should be defined.

representation, expression and

clips, photographs, maps and WEB2 DRIVE THROUGH:

engagement. This all takes tie and

Need an innovation or alternative way

commitment. We believe deep

WEBLINKS:

for your students to present

learning is worth the effort.

This is a collection of reviewed

findings and synthesis? Check out

web links available through

some samples or ask the library staff

the portal. Just the best so

for suggestions. Check “Terms of

forget the rest.

Acceptance” for usage guidelines.

pictures. Updated daily.

the old 1000 Word essay?

Annotated timeline created using Time Glider

Year 7 – Ecofriendly Housing

be saved as video clips

Ancient

China

Investigation Year 7 - Classification Year 8 – Rock On! Year 8 – Famous Icons in History Year 8 – Vehicles of the Future Year 10 – Protest Poetry

A: Have you considered the following: Create a set of flashcards available for the whole Virtual Museum PowerPoint class to use as a revision tool based on Synchronized group OneNOte vocabulary for a set topic eg HeadMagnet VuVox visual timeline (13 years and over) Skype another class to debate a contentious Podcast saved to VoiceBase issue allowing for question time and perhaps an Video-cast saved to Vimeo online vote on completion Group or class online notepads for a synced Online journal used as a lab report, reading discussion record etc

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

Task Design

Creating Effective Library

Creation of online webinars for class review Generate animations using PPt which could then

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Further Inspiration

Alternative Presentation Suggestions

guided inquiries include:

Year

their

Q: What can I use as an alternative to Some examples of 2012-2013

essential.

Full-text documents in many

If you settle on a GI approach we can help immediately with

the steps into 3-4 library sessions

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