marcia blanco

Research with Curiosity and Passion

Hi Folks!

We are doing a lot of professional development around the Common Core Standards and today was all about research. I realize that a lot of the papers that I assign are really a chore for 11th and 12th graders and I need to revamp how I address it. I want to give them a leading question that will get them fired up, but I want it to fall within my Design and Visual Communications curriculum. Any ideas?

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Gerri Light

Posted on 10/30/13 11:47:13 PM Permalink

What about giving your students an assignment of creating an Infographic based on the topic you want them to work on. I teach a course in Digital Literacy and have just started adding this project to my curriculum on a regular basis. I start off covering what infographics are including video infographics showing samples and providing resources such as using the Adobe Kuler color wheel, then cover what a Infographic should be, then they work on creating one. Students really seem to love doing the work for their infographics, and I think it appeals to them as millennial learners. It does take a few class periods to develop interest and then develop the requisite knowledge and skills for a major project, but I have even used the idea for a quick sponge activity to start a class with "If you were going to create an infographic about XYZ what information would you need...?"

Joan Maresh Hansen

Posted on 10/19/13 12:53:20 PM Permalink

Making topics relevant is all about connecting with your students which I am sure that you know. Perhaps bring in some great inspirational role models and share stories of them and of yourself and your/their passions to see what sparks are ignited in your students.

Read this quote and then let your students PAIR SHARE in groups who this describes for them. Stories are great "attention getters," heartfelt stories.... that others can relate to... identify with... and they can feel the raw human-ness in.... so try stories as your hook ...

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —Steve Jobs