I found the articles this week fascinating in terms of how they talked about ways to really take learning beyond rote and how to do it without alienating teachers. The Hrada articles presented really incredible road maps that I could see someone putting into practice without too much trouble. Again there’s always the issue of personalities and negotiating with teachers to say, let me partner with you and together we can create a lesson plan that’s more than both of our expectations and that hopefully the students will enjoy and gain from.
Also there seems to be a clear connection to what we read last week but taking that step of saying okay these are the standards, here are ways to actually make them work in the classroom. Everything is really connected which is I think the most amazing part of this class, because it makes sense in terms of how a library is so much at the center of the school community that so many different and varied issues have an impact on what a good school librarian does. This is also a tricky thing to try and show to someone else because all of these roles are important but not always obvious.
Empowering Learners did a good job too of presenting how do you really become a partner instead of just the librarian who keeps having ideas that get in the way of what I want to do. It really seems like a tricky balance and ties into so many other things we’ve read and talked about in terms of how difficult collaboration and inquiry teaching is to get right.
I thought that the Valenza and Warren-Gross articles touched on some critical issues in relation to the panel and everything that’s happening in the economy at the moment. The idea of figuring out really how to use reading to improve test scores and help a school and students succeed really resonated with me, because its a reminder that while technology is important as with everything it comes down to how you use it. I think that’s really what I ended up taking from all of these readings that AASL, curriculua and so many other places can provide some powerful roadmaps and ideas but it all comes down to how you use them in your school.