A Seventh Grade Team’s ‘Research Day’…

Last year four team teachers, well let me first give you some back information. My school does teaming which means one teacher of each: math, social studies, science, and IRLA (integrated reading language arts) are a team and the students switch between each of those teachers for their core subjects. Each grade level has four teams.

Now, last year (2017-2018) one team approached myself, the media specialist (Mary), and the teacher resource specialist for gifted and talented (Rebecca), with an idea! They noticed that their students (all students) need more skills in terms of research preparedness. They proposed spending one day rotating around to the seven of us learning a variety of skills such as:

  • backwards design planning
  • databases
  • paraphrasing
  • enhanced searching online
  • interpreting data (graphs)
  • using technology for organization
  • note taking skills

We are again (2018-2019) doing the research day this year with two changes. First, we are facilitating this day sooner in the school year. Second, based on feedback from last year’s students, we are making each session more hands-on for the students.

My Piece of the Puzzle… Google Keep📝

I felt the students could benefit by finding out or rediscovering the possibilities of Google Keep as a means to stay organized and utilize a one-stop place for all their research items. I shared the following Google Slides in the Classroom created for this day. To address ‘making it more hands-on’ I’m going to pick and choose a couple items from the Slides to mention then give them time to do the “During Session” Google Classroom “Assignment” pictured below and maybe even plan out the “After Session” “Assignment” (also pictured).

Also based on conversations with the students, I posted a question in Classroom:

How have you assisted students in getting better at research? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

  5 comments for “A Seventh Grade Team’s ‘Research Day’…

  1. Elham
    September 6, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for this – those are great skills that you identified that need to be honed for research – thank you for sharing one activity that you used that day – I am wondering what the others ones were to assist – thank you! 🙂

    • Mr. G.
      September 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Elham, thank you for reaching out. We had a variety of different sessions offered by the other teachers on the grade level team. From what I remember, search strategies, note taking tips, detecting bias, how to analyze data from charts/graphs, developing a thesis; there may have been one or two more breakout sessions, I just don’t recall.

  2. Kathleen Morris
    November 6, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Wow, that looks like an amazing project. Lucky students! Thanks for sharing, Dan.

  3. Kathleen Morris
    October 27, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Hi Dan,

    I really like this idea!

    I find the concept of teaching students research skills very interesting. It’s so important, yet can really be overlooked. Investing some time in really building up those skills from the start of the year will certainly pay off down the track!

    I added your idea to my post on teaching students how to research. I’m sure others will find your idea useful http://www.kathleenamorris.com/2018/02/23/research-filter/


    • Mr. G.
      November 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you, I’m honored to be mentioned in your post with other great educators like Eric Curts. I tried to leave a comment on your post about the UN Global Goals. Take a look at an opportunity we offer our eighth graders… http://markwise8.wixsite.com/globalchallenge

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