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Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
This process explicitly validates all students’ intellectual abilities.– High School History Teacher, New York The reasons behind their questions often bowl me over with their sincerity, the fact that [they] really want to know the answers because it’s important to them, or they feel it would be important for others to know.– 4th Grade Teacher, Chicago The ability to produce questions, improve questions and prioritize questions may be one of the most important—yet too often overlooked—skills that a student can acquire in their formal education. Strong critical thinking is often grounded in the questions we ask. By deliberately teaching questioning skills, we will be facilitating a process that will help students develop a mental muscle necessary for deeper learning, creativity and innovation, analysis, and problem solving. Join the Movement: Make Question Formulation a part of Every Child’s EducationGet Involved » Are We Asking the Right Questions.

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Conducting Effective Internet Research There has been a great deal of buzz about research-based writing lately, in no small part because of its emphasis in the Common Core Standards. Indeed, there is an entire strand of the writing standards dedicated to research. From the document English Language arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (p.18): Gr 5-8 Research Guide: Introduction and Skills Menu About the Guided Inquiry research process: There are many different ways to approach research, but research is often easiest if you use a model with specific steps that can be applied to any topic you might choose. For middle school students, Baltimore County Public Schools has selected the Guided Inquiry Research Process Model. It is a highly flexible model that will help guide you through all parts of a research project. Research using Guided Inquiry has eight phases: Open, Immerse, Explore, Identify, Gather, Create, Share, and Evaluate.

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