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Resources for the SSL/NYLA 2015 workshop session "Mermaids, Metacognition and Messiness: Engaging Middle School Students in Inquiry"
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Through collegial collaboration, the presenters created and implemented a standards-based curriculum for a 6th grade library course. The course focused on student-led inquiry using interactive notebooks. The presenters will engage participants in activities that will model both the collaborative aspects of developing the unit, including the skills necessary for meaningful collaboration, as as well as the essential components of the work with the students themselves, which is based on the following Learning Targets:

  • Students recognized and applied the components of the inquiry method to gain knowledge.
  • Students developed and refined a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding.
  • Students recognized, evaluated and selected appropriate sources to answer questions.
  • Students understood how to use technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
  • Students applied critical thinking skills (analysis synthesis, evaluation, and organization) to information and knowledge to construct new understanding, to create new knowledge, and to draw conclusions.
  • Students organized knowledge so that it was useful.
  • Student engaged in metacognition- thinking about thinking.
  • Students used the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products to synthesize current understandings and that expressed new understandings.

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