Tutor profile: Patricia K.
How can I encourage my students to write daily, thereby becoming comfortable with the process?
When it comes to writing, i believe in the fake it until you make it process. For some people, writing is a painful process full of self-doubt, and insecurity. I think it's important to create safe spaces to write freely without the fear of judgement . Daily journal writing provides this, as does private blogging and other forms of informal writing. Additionally, providing a selection of prompts to encourage writing can be helpful to those frozen with "where to start" syndrome. I encourage students to not worry about spelling or grammar during these exercises and just focus on putting pen to paper and letting the words out.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Surveys of college librarians indicate that graduating high school students are less and less prepared for the rigors of university level research and writing. They also report that they are not often consulted for research help. How can we, as librarians, combat that deficiency?
The skills required to write a well researched, well cited and well formatted paper are extremely necessary to a successful college career. It is necessary for librarians to be extremely proactive in developing ways to promote libraries as approachable venues where valuable skills are freely taught. First, development of a scope and sequence of necessary skills is a great way to put a frame work around age appropriate literacy skills. Secondly, working closely with teachers as they assign research work highlights the partnership of teacher-librarian and then librarian-student. Finally, I find sitting down with individual students as they complete research and writing and making specific suggestions about honing sources (as well as checking citations for accuracy) creates a lasting bond between librarian and student which hopefully lasts into college.
A good lesson plan can make or break a class period. Describe the methods by which you design a successful lesson plan.
For me, lessons are about student engagement and making lasting knowledge connections. Depending upon the freedom I have in curriculum selection, I research various methods of presenting the prescribed lesson. I try to always present in a way that speaks to more than one way of learning - keeping in mind those that are auditory learners, visual learners or kinesthetic learners. I also attempt to link the material being taught to previously learned material providing relevancy. I make lessons participatory and find ways to include all. Finally, I always make notes after a lesson as to it's efficiency so I can tweak it or eliminate it if things didn't go as planned.
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