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A couple of weeks ago I posted about an email I sent to staff regarding information literacy skills that I had identified as missing in many of our students and needing immediate attention and how a few teachers had approached me about it. Unexpected Results
Well, last week, I met with one of the head of departments, we had a brainstorm session about the possibilities of how we could help to work on rectifying the situation with our year 10's as a priority. We then decided we needed to enlist more help to make it more interdisciplinary and meaningful, we then invited another head of department, the MYP co-ordinator and some other year 10 teachers to a brief meeting to discuss our options of action.
This led to an action plan for the year 10's for the short term, and then with a wider picture for the rest of the school for next year and years beyond that. It then went to a curriculum leaders meeting, where all leaders were informed of the possible plan and invited to come on board to be part of it - mapping, planning, teaching, scheduling information literacy so that content is taught through these skills, rather than skills through content. All are keen and we are moving forward in the short term to upskill the year 10's and then plan for longer development across the school. It will become a priority for Professional Development, and curriculum meetings in how information literacy can be integrated most effectively vertically and horizontally in the secondary school.
Exciting times and all from one little email ....