Using a Scaffolded Approach to Help Students with Research Topics

Scaffolding-Topic-Selection-with-Research-Papers(Image sourced from Reading and Writing Haven)

My students have often felt stumped when I asked them to write a paper. They get stuck at the very initial phase of deciding what to write on. I’ve even had some of them spend the largest chunk of their time just trying to pick a topic, which took away from the time they could allocate to their information gathering, idea organization, and the actual drafting of the paper. I decided that I needed a more organized approach to this problem so I could help my students more effectively with their writing. This article by Melissa Kruse has been of great help!

How do you help students choose research topics? I used to approach every class the same way. It only took me one year to figure out that approach didn’t work. Scaffolding the topic selection process is important, but not all students need the same scaffolding. Here are some things to consider when beginning a research paper. These approaches have become my go-to’s over the years.

Via How to Help Teens Choose Research Topics: A Scaffolded Approach


How Urban Dictionary and Slang have impacted Modern English?

Change is the only constant in the world.

Over the period of time, the English language has undergone so many changes and it will continue to change in the future. The English language of Shakespearean era transformed into a simpler form in 20th century. You don’t hear words like thy, thou, thee etc. anymore. Continue reading “How Urban Dictionary and Slang have impacted Modern English?”

How to create a positive classroom atmosphere

What do you do when a class gets off on the wrong foot? Or a vein of negativity, underlying snickering or contentious comments characterize your take-away after a session with a group of students? I just ran a 3-day event with a classroom packed with 34 kids, ages 9-14. There are plenty of challenges to […]

via How Do You Change a Negative Classroom Atmosphere or Create a Positive One in the First Place? — Renee Lannan’s blog

10 things teachers didn’t face 10 years ago

A California high school teacher named Jeremy S. Adams listed 10 things that teachers face now that they didn’t have to face 10 years ago: #1: The Inability to Punish Students: This is a story in modern education that is big and is about to get much bigger. A hodge-podge of policies and euphemisms—restorative justice, […]

via 10 things teachers didn’t face 10 years ago — Phil Ebersole’s Blog

Head, Heart, and Hand at the right place…

I first saw the ‘head, heart, hand’ approach used when I was a student. At the time it was mostly used in relation to developing ecoliteracy and to encourage people to make ecologically sustainable choices. It has re-emerged in a number of guises since then, in forest school, in mindfulness and as a way to […]

via Head, heart, hand: how to help students who keep getting stuck — Better Maths

How to conduct different group discussions in the classroom

The following outlines various techniques I use when teaching to enhance or change discussion-based activities. I’ll update it as necessary. I’ve had a number of students say they enjoy my classes in part because they never know what we’ll be doing that day! 1. Bring out the maps. Have students draw maps and discuss their […]

via 18 Ways to Have Different Class (or Group) Discussions — Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations