Sunday, February 7, 2010
Inquiry Groups at Livermore Falls High School - February 3, 2010
Today, they were beginning a web quest on key topics of the holocaust. In preparation, the students had been given an overview of the unit, completed a KWL, been divided into assigned inquiry groups, and reviewed the guidelines for reliability of information found on the net. The purpose of the web quest was to provide students with the necessary information (front load) for students to deeply comprehend the book they would be reading, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. This was day two - of the unit and of the combined class!
Students were then taken to the LFHS Holocaust Web Quest blog. The blog is arranged with directions for classes on the right.
Students were asked to explore the topics, finding a web they could read reading it out loud, and taking notes. Students were given a specific amount of time to complete this task as Sara and Megan moved around the room assisting students as needed. This is a huge plus for this group and worked well!
2. Students were given 5 minutes to debrief. Students were asked to prioritize their interests in the subject.
4. Once the topic was chosen, students began their research with some "cue" questions the teachers provided.
The collaboration - academic and social - worked well. Megan and Sara were able to keep the pace brisk while supporting students/groups as needed. Students were highly engaged.
The lesson was excellent and reminded me again of the time it takes for teachers to prepare for themselves and their students for inquiry groups.