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Research Instruction for Texas Educators - Chapter Summary
In this helpful and enriching study guide chapter, expert instructors will help you review the various teaching methods you can use to help students develop useful research skills. You'll start by reflecting on the TEKS research standards for elementary and middle school students, then venture into age-appropriate instructional strategies that promote the learning of those standards. Some key topics discussed throughout this chapter include:
- Cultivating study skills and habits
- Techniques that encourage students to use inquiry skills
- Methods for effective note-taking and summarizing
- Organizing informational text
- Test-taking strategies for multiple-choice questions
As you work through each section, you will be offered the opportunity to gauge your comprehension of the material through lesson quizzes and a final, more comprehensive chapter exam. Use the embedded links within the quizzes to re-examine specific topics within the lessons. Each quiz includes a supplemental worksheet that can be printed and used to help you identify key points while you view the lesson. Transcripts for all video lessons are also printable and contain highlighted key words.
1. Teaching to TEKS Research Standards in the Classroom
In this lesson, we will discuss what the Texas Education Agency expects of students grades three through eight. We will also look into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and breakdown the assessments created by the TEA to analyze student achievement.
2. How to Improve Study Skills
This lesson will help you better understand how to improve your study skills. It includes certain steps you can take to enhance your study habits, as well as a mnemonic device to help you recall important note-taking skills.
3. Strategies for Promoting Students' Inquiry Skills
Effective educators engage students in active learning. One way to do this is to promote inquiry skills. How can teachers do this? This lesson identifies strategies to encourage inquiry across content areas. Curious? That's inquiry working.
4. Instructional Strategies for Summarizing & Note-Taking
Note-taking and summarizing is an important skill for students. This lesson will highlight techniques for each and show how teachers can effectively instruct students on the use of these skills.
5. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.
6. How to Assess Student Research & Study Skills
Today's teachers are tasked with ensuring that students know how to study and conduct research. This lesson will provide you with some ideas about how to assess your students' ability to ask questions, evaluate resources, and take good notes.
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