Monday, October 5, 2009

Topic: A Unit on Independent Study

10-second review: Teaching students how to learn how to learn through independent study. Every student in the classroom begins with a question, clearly states objectives of the study, identifies resources—books, articles, Internet, people—identifies methods of study—taking notes, interviews, images, film, etc.—and estimates the nature of a completed project and method of presentation.

Title: “Mini-Courses for the Self-Contained Classroom.” Mary J. Meiser. English Journal (December 1975), 62-63. A secondary school publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Comment: Such a program will be made easier if computers are available, but assistance from the librarian in helping students find specialized reference books, nonfiction, fiction, and articles will be essential. Students will need to learn how to skim and scan printed materials to find relevant material, both on the Internet and in books and articles. They will also need to take notes and learn how to attribute sources, especially from the Internet.

Note: This article was written before students had access to computers and computers were not available to the author. She still pulled it off. RayS.

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