In Part 1: Mucking About and Part 2: Drilling Down, I spoke about my own research process, and how that impacted my thinking on student research. Now I want to talk directly to the students to give them some words of
When I was in Library School, the research model that made the most sense to me was Carol Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process, and that’s because she included the emotions alongside the actions. In that model, the Mucking About I talked
I’ve been lucky enough to have been on several panels at conferences for teachers and librarians. I’ve also started to do more and more school and library visits. In both settings, I’m often asked about the research for my books.
Outside of the school in Crystal Springs in The Water Castle sits an old space capsule, donated by an alumnus who was an astronaut. A key confrontation takes place inside of the capsule (without spoiling too much, it is when
Of all the people and places I researched for The Water Castle, Nikola Tesla was the most fun. Like Ephraim in the book, I was first entranced by Nikola Tesla after seeing the show about him in the Theater of
My fifth grade students have started working on a research project about American Pioneers. One of the students has chosen Matthew Henson, and when I caught a glimpse of Henson’s picture, it was like seeing an old friend. I mean
Looking out my window this morning I see snow, snow, and more snow. But even with a foot or more predicted, this weather is nothing compared to the arctic, and it’s pretty clear to me that I was not cut
Five summers ago, not long after we moved to Poland, Maine, my husband and I were hiking around the trails at the Poland Spring Preservation Park, and we kept seeing signs for “The Source.” Naturally curious, we followed the signs