Collaborative Planning

Information Literacy Spaces

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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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The intersection between schools, libraries and learning

Information Literacy Spaces

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School librarians are a crucial component in enhancing the student learning experience, and while I acknowledge there is huge and important work being done in the development and support of a reading society, in this post I want to focus on information literacy teaching through the library.

Information literacy has never been more important than it is today, yet resources and support for the programs and people who are best-suited to teach and facilitate information literacy has dwindled in too many schools and districts across the nation. Even as the demand for accountability grows and mounting evidence continues to affirm that school libraries staffed by certified school librarians make a measurable difference on student achievement, library resources are too-often reduced or eliminated from budgets all together.  –  School Libraries Work! A Compendium of Research Supporting the Effectiveness of School Libraries

There are many excellent educators working in our…

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