We are a community of learners. “The world of education is constantly changing,” says Mrs. Gilpin, a third grade teacher here at Powhatan. “It is important that we, as educators, stay current and explore new pedagogies and best practices. It is vital that we continue to learn new techniques and try new ideas so that we can always be providing the best for our students. Continuing education and professional development for faculty fits perfectly with our school motto: we learn not for school, but for life.”

image2“The reason I love doing research projects with students is that not only are they having fun learning content, but more importantly they are learning skills that they will use as lifelong learners. We have to ask ourselves Are we teaching them to be critical thinkers? Can they take the content they have learned and use it to draw their own conclusions and develop opinions? Can they think for themselves?

Mrs. Gilpin gave a presentation at the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) annual conference in Norfolk, Va. in March. Her presentation revolved around her recently authored book; Teaching Students to Conduct Short Research Projects. Listen in to the podcast above as Mrs. Gilpin walks you through the five major steps in the research process with examples from her own classroom experience.

Mrs. Gilpin would like to thank former Powhatan teacher and national consultant, Mrs. Laura Robb, for her amazing help and guidance with this endeavor.

 

Book Description (via Scholastic): Teacher Ryan Gilpin shares her classroom-tested framework for teaching students all the skills they need to find information and write a successful research report. They learn to read multiple sources on a topic, evaluate and synthesize information, draft and revise an informative/explanatory piece and presenting it to an audience. Complete with planning sheets, rubrics, student samples, and more, this practical resource is a must-have in the age of higher standards.

image12The book, Teaching Students to Conduct Short Research Projects: Mini-Lessons to Help Students Write Successful Research Reports from Start to Finish, was published in 2015 by Scholastic Teaching Resources and can be found locally at the Winchester Book Gallery.

The book was featured in an article in the The Winchester Star over the summer: http://www.winchesterstar.com/article/powhatan_s_gilpin_shares_teaching_method_in_book