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Ercegovac, Zorana – Knowledge Quest, 2012
In the rapidly changing globalized world, school librarians cannot prepare today's students for every possible outcome, but they can give them the skills that will make them adaptable in 21st-century learning and work settings. The mission for school library programs is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information by being…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Web 2.0 Technologies
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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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Chessin, Paula; Payeur, Jessica; Chessin, Deborah – Knowledge Quest, 2012
One of the benefits of working at the middle school level is the opportunity to work with colleagues in a variety of content areas; this not only makes work more interesting, but offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning that ultimately benefits the students. In the Londonderry (New Hampshire) School District, collaboration between classroom…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries, Astronomy
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Shoemaker, Joel; Schau, Elizabeth; Ayers, Rachael – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Seventh grade students entering South East Junior High in Iowa City come from eight elementary feeder schools, as well as from schools around the world. Their information literacy skills and knowledge of reference sources vary, but since all seventh graders and new eighth graders are required to take one trimester of Visual Studies, all entering…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Reference Materials, Visual Literacy, Information Literacy
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De Abreu, Belinha – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Most seventh grade students partially define themselves through everyday media messages. As a part of understanding how these images and the media impacts their lives, the author collaborated with her colleagues to develop a unit to help teens learn how visual messages such as those in pictures, media icons, logos, slogans, clothing, toys, and…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Mass Media Effects, Visual Aids, Visual Literacy
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Seyfried, Jonathan – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Teachers often find themselves lamenting the loss of emergent readers to video games, television, and, most recently, the TTYL (talk/type to you later) culture of text messaging and Internet social networking. Trying to impart the joy of a good read to middle school students feels like pushing religion onto the perfectly content worshipers of…
Descriptors: Novels, Cartoons, School Libraries, Adolescent Literature
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Crow, Sherry R. – Knowledge Quest, 2007
Developmentalists state that children are born with the intrinsic motivation to learn, but studies show that this intrinsic desire to learn begins to wane during the early school years, around third grade, and continues a steady decline through eighth grade. Intrinsic motivation is at the core of information literacy, the foundation for a desire…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Learning Motivation, Self Determination, Theories