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LC Module: Expert Quests

“While traditional lectures, exercises, and drills may help students memorize facts and formulas and get the right answers on tests, this time-honored style of teaching does not help students achieve the depth of understanding they need to understand complex ideas and apply knowledge in new settings or situations.” (Bremer & Morocco, 2003)

10 MIN

GS203 – Expert Quest – Guest Speaker Reflection (Journal Entry)

GC203-S3 – Guest Speaker Reflection-Journal Entry – Alexa or Instructor will guide students, as directed, individually, with a partner or small group to discuss, understand and personalize the information gained from the Guest Presenter in the classroom. Students will determine whether or not they are of the same opinion. Last, students will be directed to share how this information connects with what they have already read or heard on the topic.

10 MIN

GC203 – Expert Quest – Questioning the Author-Journal Entry (Reading Journal)

GC203-S3 – Question the Author-Journal Entry – After reading information, as directed, individually, with a partner or small group, Alexa will guide students in reflecting on what the author is saying in the reading assignment and whether they are in agreement. Last, students will share how this information connects with what they have already read or heard on the topic.

20 MIN

GC202 – Expert Quest – Field Trip Reflection (Journal Entry)

GC202-S3 – Field Trip Reflection-Journal Entry – Alexa or Instructor will guide students, as directed, individually, with a partner or small group to discuss, understand and personalize the information gained from the field trip attended. Students will share the most interesting, the most surprising new facts and connect to their prior knowledge. Last, they will share other significant observations and real-life applications learned.

20 MIN

GC201 – Expert Quest – Guest Speaker and Field Trip Prep Tool

GC201-S2 – Guest and Field Trip Prep Tool – In a two-step process, Alexa or Instructor will lead students to prepare for an upcoming presenter in the classroom or in the field. Students will be directed to write a couple of quality quiz questions to insert within a Question Bank. Some of the questions will be selected to be asked during the session with the presenter. Then, remaining bank questions will be distributed, researched and answered individually, with a partner or small group, within an established timeline.

20 MIN

GC200 – Expert Quest – Jigsaw Style Expertise Tool

GC200-S3 – Jigsaw Style Expertise – Alexa or Instructor will lead students through a three-step process of establishing base learning groups and expert learning groups. Each base group members will be assigned an area of expertise. Each expert will be dispersed throughout the room with like experts to read, research and discuss their topic. Last, Alexa or Instructor will have the experts return to their base group and provide an expert reflection and discussion.

Achievement Points - The gears located on each module provide some research specifics why the strategy used in each module raises student achievement. You can click on the gear to read and click on the gear again to eliminate the research box retrieved. For more citation reference information, please refer to the Learning Connect Research Resource Guide in the left hand column of this website.