Your school’ssecret weapon Debbie Dees, Principal Brenda Neisler, Media Specialist Jan Wilson, Media Specialist
From Library to LEARNING COMMONS Why? 21st Century Teachers 21st Century Students 21st Century Skills A Learning Commons is a full-service learning, research, and project space that encourages patrons to EXPLORE, EVALUATE, CREATE, & SHARE.
From Library to LEARNING COMMONS HOW? Staff Space Tools • A Learning Commons supports a • VARIETY OF LEARNING EXPERIENCES
…then along came COMMON CORE Everyone freaked out! But not media specialists!
COMMON CORE is what we do! Crosswalk of the Common Core INFORMATION LITERACY, READING & CRITICAL THINKING are at the CORE of the CCS. Media Specialists are trained to teach these skills. We are text and inquiry experts! Media Specialists are the SECRET WEAPON!
Collaborative Culture Supporting the Common Core • Collection Development • Instruction • Staff Development
Collection development • Goals for collection • Ongoing evaluation • Common Core changes
Book Study for Gwinnett Media Specialists • New levels of literacy are required • Important to amass a collection • of challenging texts • Add well-crafted texts of • varying views and perspectives
Book Study for Gwinnett Media Specialists • Students need access to “lots of • high interest , accessible books” • Build text sets that offer multiple • perspectives on one topic
New Title and Cover ? New title and cover for the book?
Impact on Collection Development • Rethink & reflect • BITs • Curriculum ~ Instructional Calendar
Impact on Collection Development • Print collection (books & periodicals) • # of volumes - no longer per pupil requirement • fiction • nonfiction vs. informational text • Databa$e$
Additional funding • Language Arts nonfiction and informational texts • Weed blank books limited points of view • New resources provide background, overview and multiple perspectives
Supporting Instruction 5 Shifts in Instruction • Lead High-Level, Text-Based Discussions • Focus on Process, Not Just Content • Create Assignments for Real Audiences & Purpose • Teach Argument, Not Persuasion • Increase Text Complexity In order to determine a pathway for implementing the Common Core, it helps to know the standards inside and out, but it is even more important to know the resources you can draw upon.” Pathways to the Common Core
Shift 1High-Level, Text Based Discussion • Careful understanding of the text • Questions and responses grounded in evidence • Attention to specific details • Speaking and listening skills
Shift 2Focus on process, not just content • Student discovery • Gathering info = learning • Get students familiar with research process Short, focused projects • Variety of resources & media • Final product is not always the focus Intermediate grading
Short & Focused Research 10th grade Flood Myths
Shift 3create assignments for real audiences • Prepare students for college and career readiness • Authentic experiences • Death to the Poster Board
Real audience & purpose Contemporary Issues Health Contemporary Issues Health • Grading checkpoints for • Storyboard facts • Script for audio • Works cited Intended audience toolbox
Shift 4teach argument not persuasion • Argument • Logic and reason • Thesis/claim, evidence, counterargument • Persuasion • Emotion, values and beliefs • Bandwagoning, plain-folks appeal, glittering generalities • “…the standards put particular emphasis on students’ ability to write sound arguments on substantive topics and issues, as this ability is critical to college and career readiness.” • -Common Core State Standards, Appendix A
Argument Writing • Locate relevant information • Multiple print and digital sources • Evaluate credibility and accuracy of sources
Shift 5increase text complexity Current text levels significantly below Don’t rely solely on Lexiles or other formulas Balance in material Text sets multiple sources of information
Literature in Context Series Chose book series which includes study questions and project ideas for bringing the past and present into focus as it relates to the novel. Text sets !
To Kill a Mockingbird • Issues of race, heroism, stereotypes • Scottsboro Trial documents and testimony • News stories from 1950s Alabama • Child rearing • superstition • censorship • literacy
Staff Development SWAT team Bit meetings Lunch ‘n learn Brown bag lunch
Staff Development • SWAT team • Bit meetings • Lunch ‘n learn • Brown bag lunch
Media by the numbers • 150+ students/day before school • 1,629 students/week extended lunch • 18,837 student passes • 657 classes direct instruction • 46 SAT review sessions per year • 737 website hits per week
Making the Connection • Space is important ! • Staff is key! • Shifts happen! When the going gets tough, the tough call on a media specialist.
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