Dr. Mahar’s PresentationKey Points:• Don’t focus so much on the textbook• Have students do research themselves• Studies find this to be a greater predictor of college readiness than IQ scores• Students develop higher learning through cross-text reading
How do we get it done?Use a variety of sources:• Trade books• Journals• Articles• Internet
Where is the Inquiry?• Have the students question the material they are reading• Within a category let them have learning choices• Let students value the material by applying text to their lives. (how does the information they are learning affect them?)• Gradually increase the complexity of the text• Have the students conduct research
Follow up and Discussion Questions• How do you manage classroom time incorporating journals, textbooks and other cross-text material?• How do you correlate inquiry based learning to Regents standards when students are controlling the learning?• How can we encourage social motivation through dialog without it leading to students engaging in chit chatting behavior?