I used to think. . .
- that students would naturally push themselves to dig deep into the topic that they were researching
- that students would reach out to various sources besides the internet to do their research
- that students had all of the skills needed to put their research into their own words
- that students understood how to format a presentation
- that students were more skilled in presenting in front of a large group
Now I know . . .
- even though students have the freedom to pick their own inquiry topic within the menu, they need to be guided through deeper thinking
- students love to use the internet and not books (go figure), but they need guidance to appropriate sites
- students need mini lessons in how to put their thinking into their own language instead of copying and pasting the words of others
- students need mini-lessons in how to format a presentation. For example, understanding appropriate font size, background color, how and when to include visuals, graphs, pictures, etc
- students need mini-lessons in how to present in front of a large group. For example, how to use a google presentation as a guide for their presentation versus just reading off each slide, appropriate projection of their voice, body language, etc.
In reflecting on this inquiry process, I would use all of the above mentioned to adjust my instruction within this inquiry project.