Librarians occupy a unique role in schools – we are able to teach skills which span the curriculum, draw connections between disparate content areas and follow students for an extended portion of their academic careers. A good library media specialist can add value to all aspects of student life, from collaborating to create great research units to enriching leisure time with a well-selected collection. I strive to help students build frameworks for understanding by scaffolding instruction and presenting information in multiple formats, providing one-on-one support and showing students how information literacy skills apply to their lives.
Knowledge of Learners and Learning
My classes gave me a strong background in using student-driven teaching models. I believe that harnessing the power of inquiry and curiosity is incredibly powerful for student learning. A course on motivating learners gave me the opportunity to look more closely at Experiential Learning Theory.
Effective and Knowledgeable Teacher
Although I’ve worked one-on-one with kids at the public library for years, I was terrified of working with full classes! Teaching during my practica was a tremendous learning experience, and I’m happy to say that my confidence has increased!
For a course on managing school libraries, I was required to create a Classroom Management Plan. This assignment allowed me to think about all of the ways that the library environment and instruction impact student learning, and prepared me to develop a tailored plan for my own library.
Information Literacy Curriculum
During my fieldwork at Pine Grove Middle School, I helped students work through the Big 6 research process. I put together a poster to help remind the students of the steps from understanding the research question to gathering information to self-evaluation.
I worked with Sue Kowalski to develop a Powerpoint that students could use to walk themselves through the research process. I ultimately adapted this into the Information Literacy Overlay during my internship at ESM High School.