It's beginning of a brand new year! For the library, our school tours exponentially start increasing as students are now in the midst of writing research papers. I've been to a few workshops on librarians talking about why Google is still easier for students to use for research and other librarians countering that with helping kids develop good research topics. I'm always continually assessing how I do library instruction in hopes to help students do well on their papers.
I have a high school arriving in a few days and the teacher wants students to learn how to find research. They apparently are creating their own research topics and she gave me some topics that were done in past classes.
I find that the biggest barrier for research instruction is students understanding why subscription databases are useful. Usually they topics are too narrow or too broad and it makes researching extremely difficult. I usually get an hour for library instruction, but since it's usually a once a year visit, I have to amend instruction learning objectives.
Here is an outline one of a general research lesson plans. I use to have really detailed lesson plans, but the more that I do library instruction, I am comfortable with a general outline. Everyone has a different style. As long as you can communicate the material effectively to your students. I have a variety of items in my toolkit and it depends if I want to ease the students or need to jump right in.
Students all receive a database worksheet, which most teachers use to collect for attendance/points. I usually have them write the embedded link featured below: http://padlet.com/grpl/highschool while I go through different links featured on the page.
I alternate between the ICT tools Padlet and Blendspace. I have had teachers in the past ask for the links again to share with their classes. Use whatever tools work for you, but if you do not see students regularly sometimes I make personal connections with teachers by having easy resources for them to show and utilize with their students.
I did not want to make it really wordy because I would talk about the topic I came up with and how that helped me focus on a few databases to see what results. From there I would hit them with controlled vocabulary vs natural language (in a less boring way) and talk about how synonyms can help in keyword searching. I love library instruction and I'm excited to see how this lesson plays out.
I ended up not being the one to present this lesson. I caught a terrible 48 hour virus that dehydrated me severely and I have been out of work for the past couple of days. My fellow librarian ended up using my lesson plan to teach the class.