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Divine Guidance

Yesterday in class, the students made presentations to the rest of us in preparation for our Chicago History Fair that evening. After each student shared their research, the rest of us would fill out a sheet which would give responses … Continue reading

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What suggestions do you have for next year’s 8th grade, to make sure this process is as meaningful as possible?

After the History Fair Thursday night (see the last post) I had the students reflect on the whole experience in class on Friday. We talked together for a while and then I had them write, responding to a few questions. The last question … Continue reading

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Post History Fair

Tonight was the history fair, a culmination of 5 intense weeks of work, which included nearly four dozen different research topics, four dozen different resource needs, four dozen outlines, four dozen annotated works cited lists, the crafting of four dozen theses, … Continue reading

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The students absorbing tonight’s homework assignment

(Research topics have been chosen. Now the students are on their own to immerse themselves in their topics. HW= Homework and yes, as WA made very clear, the word “understand” is on the board twice…with good reason.) 

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All kinds of research going on

In class today we were quietly reading some material on labor and the Pullman strike which afforded me a chance to touch base with some of my students regarding their research papers. (We will be working on preparing for a … Continue reading

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What?! A card catalogue!

Doing research at the Columbia University Library, I stumbled into a room (yes a room!) filled with drawers holding the card catalogue. Remember those? Those pieces of card with subject and/or author information that you touched and flipped through? Remember … Continue reading

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“I just forgot in which pockets to look.”

GR came up to me today to let me know that he hadn’t been able to find any good resources for his research paper on Joe “King” Oliver. “I can’t believe that. He’s a pretty well-known musician, very influential in … Continue reading

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Cries of discovery

We are at the beginning of a research project. The parameters for the research have to do with the two World’s Fairs here in Chicago. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was all built in white (with one exception) and was … Continue reading

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