Robust Inquiry

28 Oct

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.


What’s In A Name?

11 Oct

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.


Hello world!

25 Sep

Welcome to! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!