For many public school librarians the quest to collaborate
with teachers is full of questions. When
do you find time to collaborate? How can
library media specialists connect the varied standards to the lesson? How do we maintain a balance of teaching,
guiding, and assessing during a lesson?
What are the expectations of the library media specialist once the lesson
is complete? How do you promote the work
you do inside and outside of the library’s walls? For this library media specialist, finding
the answers to these questions was ongoing.
It was once I learned about project based learning (PBL) that I was able
to gain some insight.
Last year, the idea of project based learning was introduced
to me from my coursework. It was once I
was introduced to the philosophy of John Dewey (there’s more to him than just
the Dewey Decimal system) I was intrigued by the idea of giving students a
chance to work on tasks related to their interest, engage the community, and
My excitement and nervousness for ISTE17 is increasing each and every day. Why?
I'm excited to attend the conference. I'm always excited to attend ISTE. The chance to be among other educators who are enthusiastic about teaching and technology makes me smile. I also look forward to reconnecting with people I met last year. By chatting and catching up with members of my virtual tribe, we have a chance to share and engage with others. This year, I will have the chance to learn about new resources and share some of my own teaching experiences with others. This leads to why I am nervous..
I will present a session this year. My session is titled, How LMSs can Increase Engagement with PBLs. Proposed as a poster session, I was ecstatic when I received a request to do a snapshot. Once the excitement wore off (it really never did) I became nervous. How would I fit the three PBL experiences in thirty minutes? Would people attend? Would others be excited about this topic?
Mid-Year Review (2017-2018) The beginning of the school year, there were numerous plans to continue project based learning (PBL) in the school library. I had visions of increased collaborations with teachers in the building and reached out to several people within our community, as well as my district. Unfortunately, many of those plans were not able to be fully realized. Whether there were teacher concerns for curricular demands (which is understandable) or fiscal constraints to visit a historian to assist students with a video montage of the history of the school, it was disheartening (to say the least) to see numerous ideas and plans become dismantled. Fortunately, things began to turn around once I spoke to a few trusted colleagues and received their input.
The first colleague to assist me was one of the school counselors in my school, Mrs. Thomas-Aulu. Once I shared the vision for the library as a hub for learning she suggested we team up on a series of bullying lessons. These…