Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowballing

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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 ....

6 comments:

kas said...

Wow, Dianne, congratulations on getting things moving in such a positive direction. I am curious how you were able to get the teachers' buy-in on this. Look forward to hearing how things progress.

Dianne said...

Hi Kas, the teachers buy in has been because they also see a hole in info literacy skills across the board and are concerned for the kids. Having a couple of dept heads taking the reins also helps the cause. It is all about student learning and support.

Mary Ann said...

I plugged your blog in my blog tonight! Really enjoyed today's entry. http://drmabell.blogspot.com/2011/02/link-oday-library-grits.html

Dianne said...

Thanks for the shout out Mary Ann, glad you enjoyed the post.

jeff said...

Dianne, local schools are exam-oriented. How can librarian arise teachers' awareness of the hole in info literacy skills?

Dianne said...

Hi Jeff, even though a schools curriculum is exam oriented ( and I am aware of what goes on in hk local schools) these skills are important, need to ask - what is more enduring - the content that is being taught, or the information literacy skills? Content does not really matter because the use for information changes constantly. What does matter is that students know how to fond what they need when they need it, use it in ways that is meaningful for them and make sense of what they are learning along the way. The hk local school system is based on content and knowlege of quite specific information. This is a giant flaw in the system, and having worked with graduates from the hk system I can see the graduate leaves school with very few thinking, and info literacy skills and needs to learn them on the job or at university. Or may never learn them.

I think that you need to start slowly, work with one person in your school ( maybe your NET) teacher and go from there. You also need to be innovative in your approach, start small, and take the iniative, be persistent and keep in mind what the enduring understandings will be.