Thursday, October 20, 2011


We have found a great concept we use to help our students understand the types of questions they need for their research --red light/ green light questions.  I first read about it in Kristin Fonticharo's book 21st Learning in School Libraries (link courtesy of Amazon).  Red light questions are the yes/ no questions students tend to ask which prevents them from gathering any  more information.  Green light questions are the open ended type of questions they need to help them focus their research.  And the concept of red light/ green light is one students seem to grasp.

After doing some searching on the Internet, we found this great powerpoint on SlideShare which we have been using with our students when they begin their research.  Our seniors are almost finished with their senior projects.  When they are finished, I think I might survey their teachers and see what they thought about using the red light/ green light concept.  I'll let you know what I find!

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