A teacher-librarian wears many hats and has many roles within the school. As a classroom teacher with no actual experience (yet) in the library/learning commons, I do wonder if I can accomplish everything and can meet all of the demands. However, I find the role very exciting as a teacher-librarian has the opportunity to really feel the pulse of the entire school.
I like the change from “library” to “Learning Commons”. As stated in Leading Learning (2014), “a learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community” (p.3). Like the center hub of a wheel or the centre of a spider web, the learning experiences spiral outwards into all aspects of the school. “This space, which is a blend of physical and virtual environments, transforms teaching and learning by allowing both staff and students to co-create knowledge” (Leading Learning, 2014, p. 5). I love that description to ‘co-create knowledge!
To create my ‘recipe for a school library as a place of literacy and learning’, I decided to make a Prezi. I have only dabbled with this tool a bit a few years ago but had hoped to use Prezi as a digital tool with my grade 7 classes. One of my curriculum mini-units is centered around digital literacy/citizenship. With each lesson topic, I want my students to then create a short presentation summarizing the information using a digital tool. I framed the assignment as “create a short presentation to teach grade 5-6 students about what it means to be a good digital citizen.
My essential question framing my thinking is:
- How do I set up a learning commons in a brand new school that will become the “nerve centre of the school” (Leading Learning, p.6)
In formulating my recipe, I consulted a number of readings and have listed them below as References.
The link to my Prezi:
DeWith, Y. (n.d.). [web blog]. Tech Tools for learning. Retrieved from www.techtoolsforlearning
Canadian Library Association. (2014) Leading learning: Standards of practice for school library learning commons in Canada. Ottawa: Ontario.
Ekdahl, M. and Zubke, S. (Eds). (May 2014). From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change. Vancouver School District #39. Retrieved from http://bctf.ca/bctla/pub/documents/2014/SL2LLC_ReviewingCopy.pdf
National Library of New Zealand. (n.d.). School libraries. Retrieved from http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/school-libraries)
Together for Learning School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons: A Vision of the 21st Century. (2010). Ontario School Library Association. Retrieved from https://www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/Divisions/OSLA/TogetherforLearning.pdf