I came across this post, and thought it was intriguing. I know that I am often guilty of not giving my students enough time to reflect on their work. This is an interesting blend of Bloom’s Taxonomy and reflective questions. The post also includes questions for the teacher and the principal to use about their own practices. You can scroll to the bottom of the page for a basic understanding, or you can click on each of the links for more thorough explanations. Be sure to check out Peter Pappas’ Prezi, as it includes an entertaining clip from The Simpsons demonstrating an extremely non-reflective student!
Today’s post comes from the same people who provide “Boolify”, which I highlighted yesterday. In Comparison Search, the researcher gets the added benefit of searching for web sites that may have different points of view on the same topic. It allows you to type in a keyword or phrase, such as “genetic engineering”, and to then choose the positive and negative search terms you would like to use, such as “advantages” and “disadvantages”. The search results are then given in two columns, respective to your search terms. As I mentioned yesterday, these searches are not “safe searches”, so teachers in primary grades probably should not let their students loose on this tool. However, it can be quite valuable in trying to teach a lesson on the objectivity, or lack of it, on many websites.
Considering that the first part of its name is “Boo”, Boolify should probably have been yesterday’s Halloween post. It is still a timely site, however. Boolify is a simple tool for teaching students how to do web searches using basic Boolean Search Operators. There is the tool, itself, on the home page, as well as a few other resources under the “Lessons” link. The search results come from Bing, so this is not a “safe search” tool. However, it would be good to use for demonstration purposes with younger students. Older students may enjoy the simplicity of the tool, as well. This might be a good tool to use with Kentucky Virtual Library’s “How to do Research” site.
Mind mapping is a great skill for all ages, and this site will show you pretty much all of the ways in which it can be useful. There is even a poster that you can download of the 100 reasons. And, if you are looking for some other free printables, head on over to I.Q. Matrix, where you can download some very creative and elaborate mind maps, such as the “How-to-Mind-Map” mind map!
This is a great resource for differentiating. Many teachers use graphic organizers, but there are a few here that I’ve never seen – such as the jigsaw puzzle. Changing things up always grabs the students’ attention. To apply this to different abilities in your classroom you could try the following levels, in order from least ability to greatest ability:
- organizer that is pre-filled
- organizer that is attached to a worksheet with the different words or phrases for the students to cut out and apply
- blank organizer with no word bank
- select your own organizer and fill out
I have tried the last one in my classroom, and the students love being given the option to choose. It is interesting to see how they can apply the same information in several different types of diagrams.