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Teaching Techniques for Librarians. Making Active Learning Simple. Donna Kearley, Annie Downey, & Gayla Byerly TLA Annual Conference 2009. Why Use Active Learning?. UNT assessed 575 students 11% could perform a subject search after instruction Added a worksheet to instruction

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teaching techniques for librarians

Teaching Techniques for Librarians

Making Active Learning Simple

Donna Kearley, Annie Downey, & Gayla Byerly

TLA Annual Conference 2009

why use active learning
Why Use Active Learning?
  • UNT assessed 575 students
    • 11% could perform a subject search after instruction
  • Added a worksheet to instruction
    • Success rate increased to 38%
  • Other studies prove it works as well
design for active learning
Design for Active Learning
  • 1. Experience
    • Activity that brings the student’s experience into the teaching situation
    • Ex: Worksheet
  • 2. Practice
    • Activity where the student is provided an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the new information
    • Ex: Assessment
  • 3. Application
    • Opportunity to apply the information to a new situation
    • Ex: Research paper assignment
active learning works because
Active Learning works because..
  • Students take an active role in learning
  • Students are more engaged
  • Students feel more comfortable participating and asking questions
  • Takes into account that learning is a process
  • Facilitates assessment
active learning works because1
Active Learning works because..
  • Learning is demonstrated to the learner BY the learner
  • Facilitates teacher learning
  • Different learning styles and domains can be accommodated and addressed
  • Learning becomes personally meaningful
simple strategies
Simple Strategies
  • Honor Silence!!!
  • Expect participation
  • Give students time to think
  • When students answer questions, reward them
  • Make contact with students that look interested
  • Allow time for informal questions at the end
worksheets
Worksheets
  • Individually or in groups
  • Short and simple
  • Customized for a specific subject area or audience
group work
Group Work
  • Divide into groups of four
  • Assign each group member with a role
    • Leader
    • Searcher
    • Recorder
    • Reporter
  • Assign each group a searching task
deck of cards boolean
Deck of Cards Boolean
  • Give each student a card
  • Ask students to hold up cards that meet specific criteria to illustrate Boolean concepts
  • Explain the concepts as you go
  • (have them hold up a card that meets the criteria for the search)
brief video
Brief Video
  • Show a brief 3-5 minute video on a research topic
  • Ask students to brainstorm the questions the video brought up for them
  • Break students into small groups
  • Using the questions the brainstorm brought up, develop a research question the group wants to investigate
  • List keywords based on research question
keyword hot potato
Keyword Hot Potato
  • Show a brief 3-5 minute video on a research topic
  • Ask students to brainstorm the questions the video brought up for them
  • Break students into small groups
  • Using the questions the brainstorm brought up, develop a research question the group wants to investigate
  • List keywords based on research question
website evaluation
Website Evaluation
  • Locate several websites you want students to evaluate – these should be a mix of “good” and “bad” websites
  • Print the web addresses on slips of paper – make one for each student
  • Either individually or in pairs, ask students to go to the website on their slip of paper and evaluate it
  • Have each student (as time allows) make the case either for or against their website
  • Ask the rest of the class to weigh in with whether they agree or disagree and why
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computer games
Computer Games
  • Design a computer game to teach the concept.
  • Ask students to write or adapt a computer game to teach the concept involved.
hands on ideas cps units
Hands On Ideas – CPS Units
  • CPS Units – can be used anytime you would use a multiple choice test.
  • We have used

CPS units with

Kindergarten

through adults

puppetry
Puppetry

Baby Got Nitrogen

biographies
Biographies
  • Biography Hash – Anne Berry maryanne.berry@region16.net
  • This lesson was adapted from an article by Judy Freeman in Library Talk (September/October 2000).
museum walks submitted by pat strawn
Museum Walks – submitted by Pat Strawn
  • I do several museum walks with my students before they begin their Shakespeare unit, read the Odyssey, or study the Holocaust. 
  • Think of it as "Learning Stations" from elementary days. 
  • Who better than you knows where all of the great pictures are, the wonderful reference books that no one uses, and where the great articles from the databases are? 
instructions continued
Instructions continued

The great thing about the museum walks is that you tailor it to your collection.   

If you were doing Civil Rights, you might pull up the audio (DVD, cassette, or VHS) of Martin Luther King's speech, or the children's book about Ruby Bridges, or a clip from the movie, or any of the recent books about the murder of Emmett Till.

I make colorful file folders with the questions on them and the number of the station. 

to kill a mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
  • I adapted one done by a teacher in our district (Gretchen Birnaby) on lynching before students read To Kill a Mockingbird. 
  • I went to the Handbook of Texas and found a great article on the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, TX. 
  • I also found a great article about Hispanics that were lynched on one of the databases. 
  • I also set up a computer station or two with Billie Holiday performing "Strange Fruit". 
poster assignment carol nylund
Poster Assignment – Carol Nylund
  • February has a variety of themes: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day – for the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, Black History Month and Heart Month (Dress Red for Women).
  • The library would like to advertise these themes with posters. We may even share some with classroom teachers who are interested in having them in their room.
poster assignment directions
Poster Assignment Directions
  • Your assignment is to design a poster using Excel about any of the topics above.
  • I have the directions printed out if you need a copy.
  • To find information for your poster, please use one of the online encyclopedias.
  • Be sure to cite your sources for information and for your pictures. They need to be included on the poster in a text box or in small print below each item.
specific information on themes
Specific Information on Themes
  • If you select Valentine’s Day, add a library or reading theme to the holiday idea or some facts about the holiday.
  • If you choose to do people from Black History then have them grouped by area of recognition – authors, musicians, science, etc.
  • With the presidents, include some facts about them, or their presidency.
  • Heart Month you should include some statistics, warning signs of heart attack, or something similar.
example of a poster assignment
Example of a poster assignment
  • http://www.dentonisd.org/512719693919/lib/512719693919/Geothermal_Wanted_Poster.pdf
technology ideas
Technology Ideas
  • PhotoStory - Science Vocabulary
brochures
Brochures
  • http://www.dentonisd.org/512719693919/lib/512719693919/Biome_Brochure.pdf
photostory by students
PhotoStory by Students

Introductory PhotoStory by Students

  • http://www.dentonisd.org/52520813134625947/lib/52520813134625947/5_R_Ogenche.wmv
podcasting by students
Podcasting by Students
  • http://www.dentonisd.org/52520813134625947/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=84517
  • http://www.dentonisd.org/52520813134625947/lib/52520813134625947/wedding_crashers_by_Breanna.mp3
book reviews by students
Book Reviews by Students

Book Trailers

    • Naomi Bates - http://naomibates.blogspot.com/2009/02/booktrailer-my-fathers-son-by-terri.html
  • Interactive Book Reviews
    • http://hhs.lisd.net/calendar_library/library/booktalks.htm
print cut fold activities
Print, Cut, Fold Activities

Origami Books

Study Cards

Miniature Books

Fan Decks

Pocket Portfolio

Folding Venn

Filmstrip

  • Tower
  • Pyramids

http://www.printcutfold.com

print cut fold activities continued
Print, Cut, & Fold Activities, Continued

Flap Books

Clue Square

Diorama

Contrast Square

Tabbed Books

  • Cascading Flip Books
  • Stretch Books
  • Post Cards
  • http://www.dentonisd.org/512719693919/lib/512719693919/Instructions_for_Folds.pdf
school resources
School Resources
  • Harmin, Merrill and Toth, Melanie, Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Teachers, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2006,ISBN 978-1416601555.
  • Bowman, Sharon, Preventing Death by Lecture, Bowperson Publishing, 2001,ISBN 978-0965685153.
school resources1
School Resources
  • Bruff, Derek, Teaching with Classroom Performance Systems, Jossey-Bass, 2009, ISBN 978-0470288931.
  • Fontichiaro, Kristin, Active Learning Thorough Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry, Libraries Unlimited, 2007, ISBN 978-1591584025.
academic resources1
Academic Resources

Library Instruction Publications: Active Learning Series

http://library-instruction-pubs.com/index.php

Active Learning Techniques for Library Instruction

Information Literacy Activities Designed by Librarians, For Librarians

http://ww.yccc.edu/library/activeLearning/active_learning.htm

thank you
Thank you!
  • Donna Kearley
    • Denton ISD
    • dkearley@dentonisd.org
  • Annie Downey
    • University of North Texas
    • Annie.downey@unt.edu
  • Gayla Byerly
    • University of North Texas
    • Gayla.byerly@unt.edu