We all want to differentiate for our students. The difficult part is finding the TIME to meet the needs of each individual kid. They are all so different! That’s why allowing students to become resident experts on a topic is so powerful! Students take ownership of one idea... something THEY are interested in and would like to teach others about. Then during an appropriate time when they have a little more freedom (RTI independent practice, reading purposeful practice, free writing, etc.), they use that time to do meaningful research! Down time (when you're working with intervention groups) becomes less of a free for all that is hard to manage and more of a busy working time where all students are engaged in something they’re interested in. It’s a powerful way to use independent time in the classroom. Equally important... it’s on their specific learning level!
I’ve organized this packet to help teachers guide students to choose certain presentations based on their abilities as independent learners. The lower kiddos will be in the red/orange group, where they remember and understand information. This allows them to do research just like everyone else, but they’re simply recording information. The middle kids will apply and analyze the information, and the high students will evaluate and create new things from what they’re learning. The idea here is that EVERY student is researching and creating fun projects. They can all have fun and work hard, while you are able to differentiate the DEPTH of their thinking. (I've also included a way to do this research without differentiating the projects.) This type of independent research can be so powerful!
Included in this bundle:
* Detailed instructions about setting up a research station and preparing research folders for students
* Labels for research folder (also in Word format for easy printing)
* Chart with options for student creations, based on Blooms Taxonomy
* Individual color-coded project charts for each level (high, medium, and low)
* Examples of leveled creations
* Project chart for ALL students if you don't want to differentiate using Blooms.
* Websites for research on student computers
* Resident expert sign-up list
* “What Next?” directions page for students
* Tips on teaching children to research
* Two research pages for students to organize notes
* Rubric for resident expert research
* “I’m Ready to Present” page
* Teacher Grade Sheet
* Certificate of Completion
Several blank options for final research projects:
* poster with lines and picture frames
* blank poster
* Venn Diagram
This is one of my favorite packets because it takes a giant task in the classroom and makes it manageable. I hope the resources help you as much as they have helped me! Please let me know if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org