I have been fortunate to work with some great teachers over the years, and have enjoyed a collaborative partnership with many of them. Some collaborations have been of the quick, basic, on-the-run variety, while others full team-teaching lessons. There are benefits to both of these approaches, but over more recent years I have been included in more assessment and department planning, where I have worked with the head of department or teacher in charge to embed identified information literacy skills (IL) across several lessons for all classes at that year level. This is an approach which offers more potential for sustained success and impact for a greater number of students while providing the foundation for more skills to be built upon.
However, no matter how willing and enthusiastic a teacher and librarian pairing may be, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to begin the collaboration and work out the…
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I get very excited when I’m collaborating with teaching colleagues. I get to have rich discussions about research and learning and always gain as much from the experience as I contribute. This also has the added benefit of helping me to get better at what I have to contribute to the process. This is an example of my most recent collaboration
After an enthusiastic and productive two days of learning and sharing at our annual Hui, I returned to school and a mountain of work.
However, through the busyness, I was reminded how rewarding and exhilarating collaborating with a teaching colleague is. My level 2 chemistry teacher booked space for her Year 12 class to use the library computers in the last three weeks of this term. We then met to discuss the research requirements of the upcoming assessment.
Now, I am no scientist, and chemistry definitely doesn’t feature on my personal knowledge radar, but together we had a highly productive discussion that resulted in a planned collaboration that neither of us had expected.
After identifying areas for grade improvement based on the previous two years’ results for this assessment, my teaching colleague articulated wanting to try a strategy that would move some of this year’s cohort from a merit to an…
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