Monday, June 28, 2010

Would a Teacher from 1910 Be Comfortable in Your Library/Classroom?


  1. I totally buy what this guy is talking about-- be relevant to your students, use technology, etc. There are so many of these messages out right now, but I could really use a class or a series of tutorials in what a progressive K-8 library program might look like. I have a hazy idea of having the library become a workshop with each kid working on a project that follows their particular interest, but how to realistically do that, and keep kids working meaningfully, and being able to assess them, feels a little overwhelming. I'm not sure how to be the guide from the side and still maintain an environment where kids are on task.

  2. Hi, Sheila:

    Yeah, I'm pondering the same thing as I re-envision my library program for next year. I'll be posting a lot on that over the next few months, I'm sure.

    In the meantime, here are two books I'm about to start reading that I hope will answer some of these questions--they're not library specific, but I'm hoping I can extrapolate from them.

    Teaching the Digital Generation by Kelly, McCaine and Jukes

    The GLobal Achievement Gap by Wagner

    You might also check out the free ebooks I posted a couple weeks ago from the MacArthur Foundation. Several are on this topic. I have them loaded on my iPad, but haven't read them yet.