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Sierra, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The author has always loved libraries. She has has always loved books and the experience of learning. Her idea of the best kind of library has changed over the years. Encouraging reading is just a part of what the 21st-century school library does. As a fledgling school librarian just starting to learn how to fly, the author wanted to create a nest…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
Giffard, Sue – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The scenario that the author encountered when she began working in her present position was not unusual for an elementary school library: the students study a culture, and the librarian reads the stories of that culture to them to enrich the study and to make the culture come alive. The fourth-graders studied the Maya in the fall and the ancient…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students
Petty, Pamela – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Storytelling is a craft that takes "talking" to the level of "telling." The cleverest of teachers know these tricks. In this article the author presents the art of storytelling and why it is so important, especially in the educational environment of national standards and standardized testing.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Relevance (Education), Educational Environment, National Standards
Cahill, Maria; Bigheart, Jennifer – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Parents and caregivers can maximize children's engagement with educational television programming by co-viewing and discussing concepts and issues during and following episodes, and parents and caregivers can poach ideas and processes from these programs and apply them to their own interactions with children. School librarians might also consider…
Descriptors: Educational Television, Story Telling, Educational Benefits, School Libraries
Agosto, Denise E.; Abbas, June – Knowledge Quest, 2016
In thinking about teens and online risks, school librarians need to know researchers generally agree that, despite the popular image of pedophiles and criminals lurking online waiting to harm innocent young people, in reality social media use is only about as risky as most everyday social interactions in the offline world (Agosto and Abbas 2013).…
Descriptors: Social Media, Safety, Adolescents, Internet
Coleman, Mary Catherine – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This past school year, the author set out to develop lessons that incorporated the design thinking process into her literature exploration curriculum in the school library. Design thinking is a term that the author has heard many times over the past few years in the context of education. Design thinking has been incorporated into the school…
Descriptors: Design, School Libraries, Cognitive Processes, Thinking Skills
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Panter, Suzanna L.; Kelley, Rebecca L. – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Coteaching might be described as educators bringing to the table what they do best. When these educators' skills and talents are interwoven, a unique design evolves that is most successful in supporting student learning outcomes. Dumbarton Elementary School (Henrico County, Virginia) is a Title 1 school with a very diverse student population.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, American Indians, Learning Processes, Team Teaching
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Wilson, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Collaboration is one of the most important aspects of the role of the school librarian in the twenty-first century, but, for many reasons, collaboration is challenging to implement. Some classroom teachers may not know how students benefit from the classroom-school library collaboration. Others may be unwilling to relinquish control of their…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Librarians
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Cameron, Stacy; Butcher, Adria; Haight, Christine – Knowledge Quest, 2012
Collaboration and coteaching with classroom teachers and campus specialists are the cornerstones of a successful school library program. Whereas collaboration is the process of planning a lesson or unit of instruction, coteaching suggests a much deeper level of collaboration--one in which both the teacher and campus specialist (be it school…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Librarians
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Thompson, Sarah B.; Seward, Vanessa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In this article, the authors describe McNair Middle School's Independent Study process. Each year in late January the authors connect to look at the calendar to schedule time for the seventh-grade gifted and talented (GT) students to come to the school library to begin their annual Independent Study. "Independent study is a planned research…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Librarians
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McLean, C. D. – Knowledge Quest, 2010
At the beginning of last year the assistant Middle Division director at the Berkeley Preparatory School challenged his faculty to collaborate with at least one teacher from another department in the division for a portion of one unit. Because the challenge was given at the beginning of the school year, it was received with trepidation, but, after…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Advanced Placement Programs, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Internet
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Ridgway, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2009
In the information-rich, rapidly changing 21st-century, educators are faced with unprecedented challenges. While new technologies have brought the people of the planet closer together, they have also brought them into contact with an overwhelming array of information sources. The Library of Congress is positioned to help educators respond to these…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Media Specialists, Professional Development, Information Sources
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Fontichiaro, Kristin; Moreillon, Judi; Abilock, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" were released just as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) was refreshing its National Educational Technology Standards for Students in late 2007. These standards outline what students will know and be able to do with educational…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teachers, Librarians, Academic Achievement
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Bilyeu, Linda – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Collaboration between librarians and classroom teachers results in increased student achievement and turns the librarian into a valued partner in lesson design. Lesson Study is a core professional development model used in Japanese schools. It is credited with the shift from "teaching as telling" to "teaching for…
Descriptors: Teachers, Professional Development, Librarians, Cooperative Planning
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Kenner, Adam; Rivera, Sheryl – Knowledge Quest, 2007
Media has always had the power to affect people on a nonverbal and emotional level. At its best, it can be a source of aesthetic pleasure and deep personal satisfaction. At its worst, citizens and consumers are exposed to psychological and political manipulation which may make them anxious and depressed, dissatisfied with what they have,…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Mass Media Effects, Criticism, Teaching Methods