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HCDE Middle High School Librarians 2018

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Covers achieving buy in, fostering collaboration, teaching critical thinking and ideas for teaching in STEM topic areas.

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HCDE Middle High School Librarians 2018

  1. 1. Middle / High School Virginia Cairns UTC Library
  2. 2. 3 Topics ➔ Achieving Teacher Buy-In and Inviting Collaboration ➔ Ways of Teaching Critical Thinking and Research Skills ➔ Specific Instructional Approaches Suited to STEM Disciplines
  3. 3. Achieving Buy In
  4. 4. Suggested Techniques
  5. 5. Identify Your Best Targets
  6. 6. Take Baby Steps
  7. 7. Be Specific
  8. 8. Use a Hook
  9. 9. Inviting Collaboration
  10. 10. Suggested Techniques
  11. 11. Provide Structure
  12. 12. Encourage Listening
  13. 13. Seek Diversity
  14. 14. Rinse, Repeat
  15. 15. Critical Thinking
  16. 16. Stanford Study (2016) The report covered news literacy, as well as students' ability to judge Facebook and Twitter feeds, comments left in readers' forums on news sites, blog posts, photographs and other digital messages that shape public opinion. Despite their fluency with social media, many students are unaware of basic conventions for indicating verified digital information. Students…had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying where information came from.
  17. 17. Cornerstone Skills
  18. 18. Discernment
  19. 19. Evaluation ● Recognizing ● Affirming ● Checking for ● Judging
  20. 20. Nuanced Thinking ● Conceptualizing Gray Areas ● Understanding Blurred Boundaries ● Comfort in the Absence of Absolutes
  21. 21. Synthesis ● Selection of Discrete Ideas ● Incorporation of Perspectives ● Making Connections ● Making Distinctions ● Drawing Conclusions
  22. 22. End Goal: Higher Order Thinking
  23. 23. “Sticky” Teaching Techniques
  24. 24. Use Familiar Contexts and Platforms
  25. 25. Identify Real Dangers
  26. 26. Teach Independent Verification Skills
  27. 27. Ask Questions without Yes / No Answers
  28. 28. Unreliable Reliable
  29. 29. Create Ecosystems for Practice
  30. 30. Packets, Links, Files, Case Studies
  31. 31. STEM Teaching Techniques
  32. 32. Problem-based learning ● Real world problem ● Clear guidance and list of tasks ● Learning outcomes explained
  33. 33. Sample PBL Activity ● Do pharmaceuticals in our water supply pose a health risk? ○ Brainstorming keywords (5-10 min) ○ Searching for information / sources (30 min) ○ Share answers and research process (5 min per group) ■ Students given question prompts to help them identify important skills and steps.
  34. 34. Scaffolded Lessons ● Use multiple activities across a semester or year to build skill levels and conceptual awareness. ● Activities can be SHORT (let your teachers know you do not need to take up an entire class period). ● Use a common theme or subject matter to tie them together
  35. 35. Time to Think About Thinking
  36. 36. Assessment
  37. 37. Questions? Slides and sample materials can be found at Vacairns.com

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