One of our school division initiatives this year is a partnership between the teacher-librarian and a teacher at every elementary school in the division. Each term, the learning partners will have an opportunity to attend a robust inquiry professional development session and will also be provided with a .5 day to plan. The goal of the robust inquiry project, as outlined by the Saskatoon Public School Division is to:
- Build a robust inquiry question that is authentic, significant, and relevant to students’ learning
- Develop an outline that details the facilitation of rigorous worthy inquiry tasks
- What are the milestones or benchmarks for classroom projects?
- What is my readiness for processes and skills needed for this project?
- What is my role(s) and opportunities in growing project successes?
- Have I fostered transformational technology use as outlined in the H.E.A.T. Spectrum?
- Foster the use of affinity groups (Learning Circles/PLN/Social Media) for furthering learning and celebrating student successes
Since I am at two elementary schools I have a few different inquiry projects on the go in grades two, three and four as well as an inquiry with some of our English as an Additional Language students.
And so it begins! I am not new to blogging, but this is my first official ” teacher-librarian” blog. In the past my blogs have been narrowed and focused around a topic such as books or web 2.0 tools. I wanted a space where I could include my thinking, learning, questions, and ideas around teacher-librarianship.
You might be wondering why on earth I chose to be the “upcycled librarian? ” Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials into new products in an attempt to make use of existing products. Being relatively new to the profession I feel fortunate to be a part of the journey and process of “upcycling” the role of the teacher-librarian to reflect the tremendous shifts that are occurring in education and around the world. Libraries are no longer just a place where you go to get stuff, but rather they are dynamic learning communities where collaborating, communicating, and co-construction of knowledge occur. How do we upcycle the role of the teacher-librarian? Join me on my journey of discovery.
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