Standards and Goals

I find the AASL standards well thought out in terms of how they work to combine information literacy and literacy to help young readers become creative and intelligent young people. Though I did find some of the language slightly odd especially the idea of Dispositions, which feels like an awkward word to encompass the important idea of using knowledge.

In the Pappas’ article, I found it interesting the focus on how do you measure standards and how they’ve changed so much through the years. Also how much those standards can affect how teachers see school librarians as part of their day to day teaching schedule. The idea of team teaching seems like something that could be quite difficult to make work really well in a busy school environment due to the time required to make sure that everyone involved feels like they’re truly collaborating. Though it does seem like it could be incredibly benefical and effective due to the time it takes to make it truly work. While the other types of collaboration that are mentioned seem to be mainly variations on how the collaboration is presented since at the heart of all of them is the respect and understanding of both people involved for them to truly work. So the aspect of assessment and reflection is quite important because different personalities are going to work better with one format, but it takes trial and error combined with discussion and understanding to see what is the best solution for which librarian and which teacher.

All the research that Pappas discusses seems very much focused on how the more conversation and interactions that happen between teachers and students and librarians then the more everyone will benefit. Though the greatest difficulty in actually creating a place where this discussion can happen is all the other responsibilities and expectations that exist in a school environment.

In Woolls, I found the history quite useful for orienting to what are the expectations in school’s and how they’ve changed and are still changing. I always find myself amazed at just how many different types of statistics exist for schools and how many things are measured. The connection to how many associations then end up in the position of having to create standards because their isn’t a national curriculum is interesting. It  seems like something that could be quite useful to have the standards created by those that use them, but it also seems like there’s a danger of standards by teachers and librarians perhaps not fully connecting since their hopes for students differ. Though there’s also the  fact that so many other organizations are voicing their own ideas of what students should be able to do mainly local, state and federal governments so that its very hard to know what are the standards for each school. The history of school libraries is also interesting and a little disheartening with how new they are and not really always fully connected to the school as much as they could  be. Then the idea of the differences of what works best for a school library versus a public library was fascinating in terms of how a lot of the basic ideas are the same, being accessible by the most population though the school library has the population constantly coming to them. I sort of wish that I’d read this reading first because it provided a strong historical foundation  for the other two readings.

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  2. Kristin

    Good point about reading Woolls first — I’ll make a note about that for next term. Let’s talk some more about dispositions. Not everyone describes them in quite the same way! I like to think of them as the life skills students will need to call on in the future to sucessfully deal with new situations: patience, flexibility, creativity, etc.

    • Yes, I found the history really interesting and I think it would have given me a slightly better understanding of something yes. Dispositions just was a word that I wasn’t used to or expecting, but I can see how it can work. A big part of these is learning the language after all.

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