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ERIC Number: ED200929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Seminars by and for Children.
Obriecht, Carole Hillman
The seminar concept is a form of independent study that allows children the opportunity to learn as much as they like on a chosen topic while they are acquiring valuable library research skills. The child begins a seminar project by writing down all possible ideas he or she can think of for exploring a topic. This is done on a "brainstorming" sheet. On a "resource materials" sheet, the child notes possible resources (including the location, titles, and call numbers) available in the school. A separate "research" sheet for each source is used to record pertinent information. A "seminar A. V. Aids" sheet, prepared by the teacher, lets children know when the audiovisual materials they have requested arrive. Once the child has researched a topic and feels comfortable about sharing that knowledge with others, a seminar plan outline is prepared. The only three rules that must be met in the 15- to 30-minute seminars is that the speaker be trustworthy, considerate, and respectful of all people. Invitations to attend the seminars are sent to other classrooms and to parents, if the teacher so desires. Several seminars can be held in a classroom at one time, but each must always be taught by a child. At the end of the seminar, each child completes an evaluation form to express his or her views on the strengths or weaknesses of the presentation. In this no-pressure, no-competition situation, children experience success in a positive learning situation and develop strong public speaking skills. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association (14th, Columbia, MO, March 13-14, 1981).