Next Thursday, I will have a school visit of seniors for library instruction. This is a school I have had a long standing relationship with. The teacher always assigns her senior classes a college paper and schedules a library instruction class with our library to help students find resources for their topics. I update the lesson plan (each year) when I receive student's topics, but I always have previous years topics on hand. I am suppose to receive student topics any day now. I'll update the lesson plan when I receive them.
A New Addition to the Featured Lesson Plan:
Gale Topic Finder
I did a database training with our new MeL Education Specialist. She had some great tips and tricks to help kids with finding information on their topics. Gale Topic Finder is a resource provided in most Gale database to help get specific search results on topics. This is a way to visualize if a student a) can find enough information b) would need to broaden/narrow their topic.
Handouts vs. Digital Documents:
Digital Document Created using Padlet
I try to limit handouts. I create a digital document that I go over in class in hopes that when they leave the library if they become stuck they have something to refer back to. During our session, I give students one page (MAX) designed for them to mark databases, write notes, and write down the digital link. In my experience, students lose the paper easily and it's hard for one session to impart solid instruction/research skills. My objectives are simple and I try to make learning fun and continually be helpful.
Featured Lesson Plan:
40 minute Database Instruction Lesson Plan
Below is my lesson plan. If anything does not make sense or you have questions do not hesitate to contact me. I just use a basic outline because I have been doing this for awhile, but I use to have it more fleshed out in earlier sessions. I usually have general surveys, but most of the time the teachers are in SUCH a hurry (only have limited time due to busing situations) that my assessments are usually informal and only direct observations.
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