AASL Idea Swap - CCSS Action Brief
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The action brief "Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian" is a collaboration between Achieve and the American Association of School Librarians. The brief can be downloaded on the AASL website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/resources.
Time stampWhich Category from the AASL/Achieve Action Brief?Great Ideas
1/14/2014 20:41:271What feels essential to me here is the "across the curriculum" aspect of the goal. I see the school librarian/teacher librarian as the engine of that collaboration across content areas. It's easy enough for individual teachers to get stuck in their content, but the savvy librarian sees opportunities to engage students and their teachers ACROSS the content areas, suggesting that an informational text about the rise of agriculture and its effect on social structures be a launch point for a discussion of the text between the 10th grade biology class and the World History Class. The librarian is the transom for planning and delivering instruction as well as the cheerleader who keeps the project moving forward and introduces effective use of technology into the project.
1/14/2014 20:40:291The School Librarian works with teachers to provide a short non-fiction article or media item (video, audio) of the week for students for students to read (watch or listen to) and respond to in writing. The article of the week is generally a topic of high-interest to students or it may be an article that ties into current curricular studies (example: a particular social studies or science topic).
1/14/2014 20:39:472Pairing historical fiction with nonfiction text
1/14/2014 20:40:282Students read Cinderella stories from around the world in third grade and we compare clothing, settings, family life etc..Each day of the unit - the teacher or librarian reads a different Cinderella story and the class can work on the different elements in groups or as a whole class. Mapping - time lines as to when each version was written, etc. are made as a group This can be shared in a big presentation at the end of the unit - about how Cinderella has evolved or changed as it moved around the world.
1/14/2014 20:40:43260 second book talks at each staff meeting help expose our staff to more children's literature. When teachers know about books (even if they haven't read the whole thing), they will be more likely to recommend these books to students.

Our District also does a teacher Battle of the Books with the same list our students use. This definitely gets out whole school community excited about reading!

1/14/2014 20:42:022Students can promote literature to peers by creating Glogsters, Animoto videos to "advertise" recommendations
1/14/2014 20:43:222One of the activities listed in this category suggests that adults share their reading "life" with school students. Why not begin a bi-weekly "guest" reader activity in which volunteers from the community, to include local "celebrities," visit to read to children a book they were reading, and enjoying, at the same age. Entitle the ongoing activity, "What I Was Reading At Your Age."
11/27/2013 16:08:292Provides collaborative opportunities to co-teach, create lesson plans, pull resources, cooperate, work with other teachers to enrich the culture of reading literacy.
11/27/2013 16:15:302State book awards
Mock Newbery
Mock Caldecott
Highlight "best of" lists
Virtual book clubs
Audio books - listening to and creating
11/17/2013 9:02:583A PD day at school when it is available (because Election Day was not held there)
Teachers had 5 resource stations, including library, electronic and print resouces, instructional technology website, state education website, Learnzillion.com website ,http://learnzillion.com/ a total of 5 stations suggested by a teacher. Teachers set up someone's learning target and during the time (10-15 minutes) and during that short time you explored how you would those tools to address the teaching targets. In the afternoon, teachers went to grade levels and then used all the tools to address the target as appropriate to their grade levels
1/14/2014 20:40:313School-Wide Participatory Culture. At Nathan Hale High School, I'm fortunate to have a culture of full-collaboration using the Coalition of Essential Schools Principles. One aspect of what we do is an Integrated Studies Team with the 10th grade Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Sped, ELL, and the library. We undertake about 3-4 large research projects with one specialized emphasis from one of our disciplines. We meet every other week during a late start to plan, share and debrief. We also share students with some schedule modifications.
1/14/2014 20:40:343Using Edmodo to collaborate among students and teachers in various groups across the school community.
1/14/2014 20:40:383Doing a one book, one school reading activity and developing writing and discussion sessions that students and teachers participate in together
1/14/2014 20:41:453We have begun to look at state (Washington) technology standards and actually build student learning based on what our kids already know and can do with tech, what they need to know and do with tech, and how they will stay current with technology as the continue through our district, college and career.

To begin, we have started with two very basic and skills...internet safety and typing. With SBAC, third grade students are now required to use computers to type resonses. We quickly realized that with limited computer lab time, and unclear expectations about learning keyboarding, students would not be able to master the skill of keyboarding prior to the exam, therefore, we started basic keyboarding instruction in the library. Information as simple as home row where delivered in a way that all students could understand. We have found that as a result, students are keyboarding with better accuracy and fluency, as well as, taking pride in the new life-skill they are mastering.
1/14/2014 20:41:513Students in our local high school participate in a club called Interact. These students, by definition, are in this club to interact with the community. A program could be developed in which these students visit the elementary school and mentor students. The students could be paired with a high school student, and each pair could read and discuss books, much like a book talk. However, the pairs could perform the book for the other pairs.
11/17/2013 8:37:304
12/4/2013 15:37:264Considering the short burst research projects, the most interesting experience I have challenged myself with is using different Web 2.0 tools to create our expression of what we have learned to share with other students.
1/14/2014 20:40:434Working with another 3rd grade teacher, students work in pairs or groups to design a tool to be used in a specific job. Student pairs research jobs they find interesting and the tools currently used in those jobs. Using Doctopus, the students begin describing the design of the new tool being created. The teacher and librarian support research activities and designs by asking questions both in person and through Doctopus. Students create a mock of their new tool from their written descriptions and designs drawn to display, along with research on the job the tool is for .
1/14/2014 20:42:004Example 2 - short research projects:

We currently use the Spring Board curriculum from College Board. I would like to have students do small research projects before each unit to help facilitate closer reading of the passages and deeper discussions. Maybe this would help them feel more connected to our units and encourage critical thinking. I think this definitely needs to be co-taught with the librarian so research skills are emphasized.
1/14/2014 20:42:164co taught learning experiences: 3rd grade student research-co lesson with art and classroom teachers- students were working on a landmark project in art class, students were able to use the Alabama Virtual LIbrary (state database) and facts4me.com in the library to choose a landmark to investigate and research. Students then tied in Vestavia-technology integrated plan (VTIP) our school systems technology plan to create either a presentation, flyer, or any form available to present their research findings. Students will be sharing those with classmates and teachers choose to use as a graded assignment or not.
1/14/2014 20:47:364Locate primary sources related to literary texts and work with classroom teachers to incorporate analysis into instruction. Instruct students on how to study primary sources and make connections to the text.
11/17/2013 8:42:475Power point on selecting a national park why they wanted to go to that park on $3,000 what they would see, what else is there close to see, how are you going to convince parents to go there. What kinds of marketing could they use... Video, brochures, skype, activism

What would you do if the national park you wanted to visit is going to be closed to save money?

Write a script to present. Global taking it to the United Nations
Might have a better connection if the issue is local and relevant to them.

Along walk to water -- one book one school. Students walked to
water and had to carry water. It raised awareness and the school raised $5,000 money to build a well in southern Sudan. Real life problem... Year long project.
1/14/2014 20:41:055Teach students to create infographics incorporating data from any content area
1/14/2014 20:42:155Selecting 15-20 multicultural picture books with a second grade team and through a combination of library time/classroom study evaluating books towards the awarding of a medal. Students develop their own criteria for the award, and vote using hard copy and mimeo as the technology link. Students make direct connections between books as well as self to text connections based on their understanding of the identity wheel.
11/17/2013 8:49:575Power point on selecting a national park why they wanted to go to that park on $3,000 what they would see, what else is there close to see, how are you going to convince parents to go there. What kinds of marketing could they use... Video, brochures, skype, activism

What would you do if the national park you wanted to visit is going to be closed to save money?

Write a script to present. Global taking it to the United Nations
Might have a better connection if the issue is local and relevant to them.

Along walk to water -- one book one school. Students walked to
water and had to carry water. It raised awareness and the school raised $5,000 money to build a well in southern Sudan. Real life problem... Year long project.

Second year project could be fracking with water quality as the common denominator.
11/17/2013 8:56:215Creating a cross school collaboration with exemplary media specialists and content teachers. In this instance, Media specialists and science teachers created inquiry based research projects for the county science fair.
11/17/2013 8:47:386School wide integration of learning management systems to house resources/ assignments/student work and communication. Examples - Moodle (free) D2L - Desire to Learn
11/17/2013 8:56:066Technology topics:
- Flipped, having students teach
-Catching other teachers in action and filming and sharing their best practice with other staff and families on school share
-Right tool for the job, teaching students to view the 0)Right Question 1)Audience 2)Topic and outcome 3)Right tool for the job
11/17/2013 8:58:276Leads professional development for teachers in effective methods for integrating technology for instruction.
1/14/2014 20:38:106I like these three best:
❏ Demonstrates regularly the use of technologies as efficiency tools for both adults and students.
❏ Promotes the use of technology to support concept building.
❏ Promotes the best technologies as presentation and sharing tools.

Demonstrating use of technologies, then working with classroom teachers to review student work done in tech/library classes...then to apply to a teacher's topic of choice is a great way to make LIT happen.
For example: past week I am using googleforms for student book reviews GR 2-4 . The students learn quickly, and taking time to show teachers what students have written-as well as students reviewing their peers' book recommendations- is powerful stuff. Check this out at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao0dtKsbrUgwdHFCNHMxUEVyVEUyRTBIbUsyM0NGR2c&usp=sharing
1/14/2014 20:40:346Various forms of assessment are included in the pre-research stage including assessment of quality resources to be used in the project.

Students self assess readiness to begin research by using a post it note t-chart or similar individual feedback system.
1/14/2014 20:40:596Collaborate with school leaders to provide access to broad range of appropriate online tools by creating and posting portals of Internet links, collections of tutorials, and useful apps.
1/14/2014 20:41:057Currently, three of our 8th grade teams of students are researching the Olympic Games in iSearch style using the Big6 and inquiry based. They created questions based upon: History and Values of the Games, Compromises and Celebrations, Athletes, and Human Nature (Extended Meaning). There is nothing better than using a current event as a springboard for research. Students are using a variety of credible resources, including the librarian who has volunteered at as well as attended the Olympic Games three times. The students are customizing their research for what they want to know, AND learning about cultural differences and similarities.
Sue Ennis, Seneca Valley Middle School, Harmony, PA
11/17/2013 8:41:497Creating cultural experience across the school community and across the world. The school librarian:

skyping with classes
2nd graders talking creating .PPT about family home culture
-How does your family celebrate the solstice in home culture? More powerful to have recording of students (17 home languages) of the greeting to this holiday/cultural examples. Voice Thread would be a good tool for this.
-Linked to a school of same latitude other hemisphere and pursued studies and looked at day/night/seasons CLIC for connections around the world. Used voicethread.
-What school is like? Use Rain School to compare school experiences; to use a topic like school.
-Also "Off To School" book for same topic/school in a different place...then sent letters to students from schools depicted in that book.
-Museum School, project creating the created example of a "museum school" students created after year long study of African country seen through the view of "what a school is like"
11/27/2013 16:13:047Using the library as a display place for art/music/drama both from the school and from the community
Collaborate with international libraries
Partnership with university students - mentorship program
Incorporating cultures / languages from the school into displays, websites, etc
Celebrating the different "months" - Black History, etc
Sign Language
Story telling
11/17/2013 8:59:208Productive thinking activity- adapt a piece of cardboard with recycled materials

Next present to a "Shark Tank" format with why their creation should be marketed (could be written or video, readers theater, grant writing...)

Maker space -- genius hour --

Students expect us to say what it is supposed to be -- we need to move away to providing a process to move through in creation
11/27/2013 16:06:578Lego or K'Nex club
Experimental Learning Center section of VLC
Having teacher prep spaces in the library - copiers, laminaters, making this a more collaborative space
Book trailers
Video area
Making games - webquests
Author/Illustrator visits - learning the craft
11/27/2013 16:14:118Allows students to take ownership of their learning.
Promotes a culture of continuous learning and lifelong learners.
Promotes freedom of expression and accommodates different learning styles.
11/27/2013 16:16:248Student specialists on different aspects of the learning commons who run workshops and/or teach other students and staff about their area of expertise.
Maker space for students on VLC
1/14/2014 20:41:208"creates maker spaces"
Following Google's creativity directive, students may spend a percentage of time researching a topic of interest to them during a weekly period
1/14/2014 20:42:228Teacher Librarian actively courts participation from those typically not called upon to contribute. This can be part time music instructors, art teachers, speech therapists, and other specialists to share their expertise using web 2.0 tools and the school website/KBC
1/14/2014 20:48:078Sharing examples of different technologies such as Voki, Animoto, Glogster on the school website. Show examples created by students; include links to tools on the website; and create lessons and instructions using these tools to demonstrate whatever want your students to understand.
Try new tools, give students choices when choosing presentation tools.
11/27/2013 16:05:399Assessments are a critical area for providing the data that will justify the use of instructional processes for particular classes. The teacher librarian can offer to design pre-survey/ongoing survey/post survey tools for a particular class or project in order to test progress and create more "measured" approaches to learning... and support the project-based, constructivist, and social learning theory models with data.
11/27/2013 16:08:579Observation as an assessment tool for project-based and common core instruction - teacher/librarian could design a rubric for observation of projects... group participations, collaborations....observations checklists... diagrams, mindmaps...
11/27/2013 16:12:119Have a student "assesment" team... that would test or pilot assessments in small groups for classrooms .. or the school... coudl work for technology assessments schoolwide...
11/27/2013 16:15:289immediate feedback is an interesting idea... an immediate response/feedback using some kind of social media tool... or app that the kids use anyway... could use a student team to discover this
11/27/2013 16:17:459assessing in an unusual way... or method... like weighing the books read...
11/27/2013 16:17:599-have different types of assessments for pre-, during, and post-lessons; like a dashboard.
-TL as the observer, taking anecdotal evidence to share with stakeholders
1/14/2014 20:44:569-Exit slips
-Jointly created (teacher and librarian) observation checklists
-Peer editing
-jointly created rubrics
11/17/2013 8:33:1110Managing the integration of classroom, library learning commons and tech tools: We Elaborate: The "flipped" library lesson, creating an archive of the instructional points are essential for ELL/pullout students, for not having to reteach. Tools might include:
Screenshot tutorials into Word Document
Great project for interns in the library, have older students for younger.
Do it with digital citizen ship (great with older students telling younger)
Flip the class with older students teaching the skills in flipped lesson bank.
11/17/2013 8:40:2510Reimaging the library spaces to support a collaborative environment that supports inquiry based learning.
11/17/2013 8:48:4110Utilizes the media specialist's knowledge to help guide the selection of resources (print, electronic, devices, etc.) to ensure purchases best support instruction.
11/17/2013 9:01:5210Using data whether for assesement of students, vendor products, etc. to make informed decisions about library programs and student assessment.
11/27/2013 16:11:0610One idea would be to meet with a classroom teacher to identify a particular behavior that the teacher knows would lead to success in a particular common core standard... then an activity could be designed to encourage that particular behavior... and an assessment tool... possibly self-reflection tool ... could gather data about how much that particular behavior was increased... a focus on particular behaviors (literacy behaviors)... instead of the assignment (if a teacher librarian needed to find a way to participate in assessment without stepping on toes)
1/14/2014 20:41:2410We created an Internet Cafe for teachers where the technology specialist and I facilitate lessons on various tools that support the new teacher evaluation. Today, I taught formative assessments with Padlet and Google Docs.
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