State Report: Part 6 – The First Day of Research

The First Day of Working

The students have their assigned state, their books or computers and they are ready to begin. I first explain my expectations and show examples of good and poor quality work.  If this is your first year doing the reports, ask students if they wouldn’t mind leaving their reports behind when they are done. This way you have examples for next year. Some will always donate for the next year.  Take the good and bad examples. Sometimes the bad examples are the best.

I try to not spend a lot of time describing the entire project because it can be overwhelming for the students and you will be asked a million questions that are irrelevant.  I start with 1 page at a time.  I never give my students all the papers for the project at once because they get lost and everyone will start on a different page.  It is also daunting to be handed 12 sheets of research on your first research project. 

The first day I always start with the cover page.  I go over the directions and they can color.  The goal is to be done within the hour. 

Arizona State Cover Page

The only way to manage so many questions and so many interruptions is to have students sign up to meet with you.  I advise that they need to sign up on the board and wait until it is their turn.  Students will inevitably interrupt you with other students and just come up to your desk.  Be strong, and tell them they need to sign up at the board and wait their turn.  This will help you focus on the student you are working with and not constant interruptions.

As the students complete each page, review the directions and log their grade on your grading sheet.

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