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TRAILS: How to Assess and Strengthen Students' Research Skills. Summer Academy July 7, 2010 Patty Bynum & Linda Holden. Who are we? . Linda English teacher -18 years At J.L. Mann for 4 years Has also taught at Bryson Middle, McCracken Jr. High (Spartanburg), Converse College. Patty

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trails how to assess and strengthen students research skills

TRAILS: How to Assess and Strengthen Students' Research Skills

Summer Academy

July 7, 2010

Patty Bynum & Linda Holden

who are we
Who are we?
  • Linda
  • English teacher -18 years
  • At J.L. Mann for 4 years
  • Has also taught at Bryson Middle, McCracken Jr. High (Spartanburg), Converse College
  • Patty
  • Media specialist-17 years
  • At J.L. Mann for 3 years
  • At League Academy for 12 years
what is trails
What is TRAILS?
  • Acronym for: Tool for Real-time Assessment on Information Literacy Skills
  • http://www.trails-6.org
  • http://www.trails-9.org
  • A 30-question online test for sixth and ninth graders.
asseses students in 5 categories
Asseses Students in 5 Categories
  • develop a topic
  • identify potential sources
  • develop and use search strategies
  • evaluate sources and information
  • recognize how to use information responsibly and ethically
  • In which ones are your students weakest?
research process debbie barron
Research Process (Debbie Barron)
  • Exploring a topic
    • Reading for general knowledge
    • Asking questions of those who know more
  • Creating questions
    • Narrowing (or broadening) the topic focus
    • Understanding the expected outcomes
  • Gathering information
    • Finding the best sources
    • Using and evaluating the sources
  • Organizing the information
    • Aligning to answer the research questions
    • Determining relevance
  • Communicating the findings
    • Creating and presenting the product
how are these lists similar not
TRAILS

Develop a topic

Identify sources

Search strategies

Evaluate sources

Use information ethically

Debbie Barron/Greenville County Schools

Explore a topic

Create questions

Gather information

Organize information

Communicate the findings

How are these lists similar / not?
go to http www trails 9 org
Go to: http://www.trails-9.org
  • Click on “How TRAILS Works” and “Sample Items.”
  • Read and answer some of the questions.
  • Take sample test.
how did we get started at mann
What librarian does (process skills)

How to change a topic into a research question

How to find books (OPAC)

How to search (DISCUS & Google)

How to take notes

How to evaluate websites

How to cite sources

Understanding plagiarism

What teacher does (content)

Subject matter taught in the classroom

Background reading for prior knowledge

Topics/keywords brainstormed

How to take notes

How to cite sources

How did we get started at Mann?
teachers bring classes to library for trails test
Teachers Bring Classes to Library for TRAILS Test
  • Media specialist (or teacher) prepares class rosters with individual numbers for each student.
  • Reports are printed for entire class or individual students.
trails data 2008 09
United States South Carolina

17,814 students 503 students

Develop topic 54% 51%

Identify sources 67 62

Develop search 57 54

strategies

Evaluate sources 43 41

Use responsibly 73 69

TRAILS Data 2008-09
resources for using trails
Resources for Using TRAILS
  • Use online review questions from TRAILS website as a class activity
  • Look at “How TRAILS Works: Categories” and teach concepts and vocabulary to students
  • Lesson plans by each skill are posted under “Related Resources” Wiki for TRAILShttp://ilfortrails9.wikispaces.com