Have you used your time well? Are you on target? Will you be ready to work on your product next week?
The BIG question… “Have you been focusing on all the things that must be contained in your inquiry?” These things are the things I am looking for when you explain your learning journey.
Look carefully at the calendar. Use this as a way to manage your time to ensure that you will be ready by next Friday. In the real world, you will be expected to get things completed by a certain time. Consider this your training. Your teachers are expecting you to be ready to explain and show your learning and understanding by next Friday. If looking at this calendar worries you a little, then you are in luck. You have time to get back on track. If you are feeling comfortable and confident about the time you have left, then you just keep doing what you are doing.
This week is all about developing your research skills. Read each one carefully. Record in your bubble catcher the ones that you have been really focusing on. Record the ones that have been easy for you and why? Record the ones that have been difficult for you and why?
Formulating questions: identifying something one wants or needs to know and asking compelling and relevant questions which can be researched
Observing: using all the senses to notice relevant details
Planning: developing a course of action; writing an outline; devising ways to find out necessary information
Collecting data: gathering information from a variety of sources, such as measuring, maps, polls, surveys, direct observation, resource books, films, people and exhibitions
Recording data: describing and recording observations, by drawing, note taking, making charts, tallying, writing statements
Organizing data: sorting and categorizing information; arranging into understandable forms such as, narrative descriptions, tables, timelines, graphs and diagrams
Interpreting data: drawing conclusions from relationships and patterns which emerge from organized data
Presenting research findings: effectively communicating what has been learned; choosing appropriate media