I’ve been asked to work with several classes on a variety of topics–research (an intro type class for 6th grade), evaluating websites, and copyright. I’ve enjoyed doing the evaluating websites lessons and copyright lessons, but teaching the research can be let’s face it–DRY.
A personal goal this year is to make my instruction more inquiry based and to include interactivity and engagement. I’ve got some pretty definite ideas for the copyright and web evaluation, but drawing a blank on intro to research. Doing this type of lesson–“intro” to research–has a tendency to fall on deaf ears because it is unrelated to any assignment or quest for information. The teacher just wants kids exposed to our state provided and district purchased databases. I don’t know–maybe I am the one with the problem, but I’m bored just imagining the instruction.
So this weekend I am looking for innovative ways to teach the databases. And I don’t think I am really interested in a scavenger hunt. So don’t suggest one. I know, I know. My problem is the problem–I am really having difficulty getting excited about the topic for instruction. Oh did I mention a colleague wants to observe it?
Man oh man I need a fresh way to teach a single-unrelated-unimportant in the grand scheme of their school day-lesson. What can I do? Especially when I KNOW who the competition is….