K-5 Research Project ScenarioA lower elementary teacher comes into the school library Connectingready to schedule his class’s visit for “animal research.”The teacher has brought a copy of his graphic organizerthat asks students to find and record the animal’sappearance, habitat, diet, babies, and enemies. Studentswill use that research create a KidPix slideshowpresentation with a drawing and fact on each slide.Students will show off their presentations on RelativesDay, when a special relative or friend visits them atschool. The teacher won an educational technologyintegration award for this project about fifteen years ago.To preserve the teacher’s pride but move studentstoward questioning, deeper thinking, and synthesis, what“nudges toward inquiry” can you suggest?Scenario taken from Nudging toward Inquiry: Re-Envisioning the Animal Report. (2009). School Library Monthly, 26(4), 5-6.
Middle Grades Research Project ScenarioA teacher is preparing for “the country report.” His or Connectingher graphic organizer asks students to find and recordthe country’s capital, the population, languages spoken,major exports, currency, tourist attractions, flag, etc.At home, students will create a poster that contains theinformation they found. The teacher is proud of thislesson and says that parents love seeing their children’swork hanging in the hallway during parent-teacherconferences. You are concerned that this project will dolittle to build students’ skills beyond finding andcopying information. To preserve the teacher’s pridebut move students toward questioning, deeperthinking, and synthesis, what nudges can you suggest?Scenario case taken from Techman, M., Black, D., Lincoln, M., Phipps, A., & Rannow, B. (2009). Nudgingtoward Inquiry: Re-Envisioning the Country Report. School Library Monthly, 26(3), 5.
High School Research Project Scenario A teacher comes to the school librarian to schedule a Connecting class visit for “biography report” research. The teacher’s graphic organizer asks students to find and record the birth and death dates of the person. The students will also find information about the famous person’s childhood, adulthood, and notable contributions, and create a PowerPoint that provides the responses to this information. Students are encouraged to dress up as that famous person. The teacher is proud of this lesson. To preserve her pride but move students toward questioning, deeper thinking, and synthesis, what “nudges toward inquiry” can the school librarian suggest?Scenario case taken from Re-Envisioning the Biography Report. (2009). School Library Monthly, 26(1), 5.