Rolling Out the Guidelines

Tips for rolling out the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy at your home institution.

Host a reading group ‒ Invite members of your department or institution to read the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy and facilitate a discussion for how everyone can incorporate them into their teaching. See this reading guide for possible discussion topics.

Swap lesson plans ‒ Use this sample template to link your upcoming lesson to the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. Share lesson plans with colleagues in order to swap ideas, best practices, techniques, and assessment strategies.

Peer observations ‒ Help one another orient your teaching toward the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy by facilitating peer-to-peer observations of an instructional session. Read this article for tips on making the most of teaching observations.

Set clear goals ‒ Share the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy with anyone who will teach collaboratively with you and use them to begin a conversation about the goals of the instructional session. Checkout this resource for ways to structure conversations with co-educators.

Plan and support ‒ Structure your lessons so that they build on one another using this sample sequencing of the guidelines. Or, incorporate a handout from these tools for educators into an upcoming lesson.

Assess ‒ Try out some of these rubrics and quick assessments to check whether your students are meeting the learning objectives you’ve set out for the lesson.

~Andi Gustavson and the RBMS Instruction and Outreach Committee, 2019.

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