Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Designing a Research Symposium for High School Research

Preparing the Research

LibGuide for Resource Sharing
We placed links to Research and Resources on our Senior Capstone LibGuide

Visiting the University Library
For the past few years, we have visited MTSU or Trevecca University Library.  The Librarians were so helpful and it has been a great help.

Collaborating with English Faculty
We rely heavily on our Senior level English faculty.  In the research phase, students are using the GIST worksheets to do journalistic style research.

The Presentation Teaser OR Elevator Pitch
Seniors prepared 1 slide to be an advertisement for the research presentation. We attempted to group topics and had multiple [4] presentation venues across campus.

The Presentation
Presentations were 10-12 minutes in length and should:
Explain the research question or thesis statement, Show extensive research and critical thinking, provide appropriate and supportive details, has good transitions and is memorable

  • AMPLE RESEARCH APPROPRIATELY CITED [Background] approx. 3-5 slides [This is a research paper and not an opinion piece]
  • PERSONAL ENGAGEMENT WITH TOPIC [Primary Research] 3-5 slides
  • CONCLUSION [this is a research conclusion - not a list of "thank yous"]
  • Q&A - Questions and Answers

Answering the Frequently Asked Questions

What about attendance? How will we decide which venue to attend? 
Advisory groups voted and then attended a session together.  Advisers reported absentees only.  We used Google Forms for advisory group voting

What about technical difficulties?
We assigned one tech person to each venue.  But the independence and change helped the students to be more flexible and many figured out the tech on their own.

What if a student has a sibling or especially close friend in another venue?
A student was allowed to apply for a waiver to attend that venue.

What about announcements?
We assigned an emcee for each location to read brief announcements only.

Why the change?
This is a recommendation from the Academic portion of our school strategic plan.  This is a more authentic presentation and is in keeping with the initial creation of the Senior Project in that it allows for Q and A and a defense of the research claims.  Finally, the student body has grown to the point where all-school presentations would consume the spring calendar and interfere with other coursework.

What about FOMO?
We worked to arrange a designated student or faculty member to make a video recording of the presentations.  These will be uploaded to the cloud.  [Cloud is coming soon]

Giving a Professional Feel

Students presented in a very "real-world" way.  We also promoted the symposium each day on social media.  We also made signs to hang around campus.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

What Do You Like to Read?

We are a work in Progress!

We are working on a new way of organizing books in The Webb School Library! We have organized the books into genre categories. Many of our patrons have asked for books in specific genre categories and now we will be able to serve patrons better in this way.   Right now this is a work in progress so please bear with us as we organize using this new method.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anatomy Research

Sometimes our AP teachers have little to no time for research because they must cover so much content. 

An anatomy teacher at my school wanted her students to do some research on muscle building, supplements and their effects, strength vs size of muscles. 

We met and created a simple pathfinder with appropriate databases for students to answer the questions the teacher posed. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Economics research

Our new residential Dean is also teaching Economics. This is a practical course and these mini projects use the Internet  to research real- world situations.

This is a great example of authentic learning. 

Going to college - http://thewebbschool.libguides.com/EconomicsProjectOne
Buying a car http://thewebbschool.libguides.com/EconomicsProjectTwo

Saturday, September 09, 2017

What is Mr L.R. Smith working on in the library and archives?

This year is the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I.

In the library and archives there are more than 600 glass slides that date back to World War I .  These slides were part of the collection of William R Webb Jr.

We have both the projector and the script that goes along with the slides.  Mr. Smith is doing the tedious work of cleaning, identifying, and digitizing the slides.

Starting with a full agenda

We are just three weeks in and we have existing and new collaborators in the Library. Keep the projects coming, we love to see the library in use!

Teaching research with the History Department 

Research about the causes of the Revolutionary War
The three research categories
  • Enlightenment ideas -- Search for individuals known for Enlightenment ideas
  • The Great Awakening -- Search for those ministers known for sparking The Great Awakening, and colonial history
  • Economics & the coming of the American Revolution - Search for Boston Tea Party, King George III of England and general colonial history

Public Performance

8th grade began immediately to work on their declamation


Economics of College - online research and survey research

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moving on and moving in

Students from 17 different countries moved into Webb campus this weekend. On Friday we had the international student orientation . This event was hosted in the library .

On Saturday was move-in day and new student orientation this was where all new students came to campus both town students and residential students. The library hosted many events that day including the middle school meetings and social .

Summer Fun at the Library

We had a blast this summer reading aloud about all different kinds of animals. We really focused in on for animals that are native to Tennessee.  The animals that we covered this summer were referred to as  "Tennessee critters!" We learned about the sounds that animals make.  We learned about whether they are nocturnal or not. Also, we learned about what they eat and what their tracks look like.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Summer Programming off to a good start

Today we read "Yertle the Turtle" by none other than Dr. Seuss! Each week we are focusing on animals that find a home in Tennessee.  This week was all about Turtles.

A great resource for Tennessee Wildlife is:
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife

Children also learned a little about empathy.  Especially for poor Mack who found himself shouldering the load at the bottom of the turtle stack.

Other Resources:
10 Human Rights Heroes
Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

Turtle snacks, crafts, and games -