Tutor profile: Jennifer R.
Subject: Professional Development
I would like more feedback on my job performance. What is a good way to approach my boss about it?
Feedback is a critical part of growing and learning, so it is wonderful that you want to engage with your boss in this area! Before approaching your boss, it is worthwhile to think about what are you looking for in terms of feedback? Focusing on a one or two specific areas is a good approach, too. Face-to-face meetings always seem to work better for feedback, so email your boss indicating that you would like to meet with them to get feedback. Frame the request in a positive way and express the growth that you hope to gain from the feedback. Propose a couple of meeting times or send a meeting invite via your email program so that it is easy to coordinate the meeting.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What is a scholarly source and why does my professor say that I need one for my research project?
A scholarly source is a source that focuses on research or new theories within a specific field. The authors of a scholarly source are experts and scholars on the topic and write for other experts and scholars in the field. Scholarly sources are usually published in journals, contain technical or field-specific language, and are supported by extensive bibliographies of sources. Your professor's instruction to include a scholarly source in your research project indicates that they are interested in seeing your incorporation of topic-specific research in your paper. Making connections between your insight and a scholarly source can strengthen the assertions you are making in your paper. Additionally, scholarly sources are credible and reliable, and provide a solid foundation for a quality research paper.
What are some ways to differentiate content for middle school students?
There are many options for differentiating content for students. It is helpful to think about differentiation as a way to scaffold students' learning, so strategies that support this effort are worth exploring. For activities that involve reading, consider providing texts at different reading levels. Providing a graphic organizer to support students' comprehension of the reading is also a good option. For activities that involve writing, consider providing a template for students to use. Additionally, you can provide a word bank of important vocabulary for students to use in their response. Non-activity specific differentiation strategies include having students work with a partner, providing images and visuals to support the content, and incorporating audio and video resources.
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