Flexible Scheduling Improving Student Learning ThroughExpanded Use of the Library Media Center Library Media CenterMrs. Toler’s class leaves Mr. Tipmores class enters
Finding Common Ground What is your definition of FIXED SCHEDULING FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING
Defining Fixed Scheduling• Library scheduling that uses auxiliary subjects (art, music, p.e., library) to provide release time for teachers.• Classes are scheduled into the library media center by the principal or assistant principal.• Classes meet weekly with little or no time for additional library work.
Does your schedule look something like this?Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday8:00- Mrs. Smith Mrs. Brown Ms. Lewis Mrs. White Mrs. Phelan8:258:25- Mrs. Boon Mrs. Jones Mrs. Messamore Mrs. Compton Ms. Reader8:508:50- Ms. Hume Mrs. Partner Mrs. Wall Mr. Taggert Mrs. Oberly9:159:15- Planning Planning Planning Planning Planning9:409:40- Ms. Cook Mrs. Carlton Mrs. Kerchevall Ms. Tanner Mrs. Farmer10:0510:05- Mrs. Allen Mrs. Hurt Mrs. Payne Ms. Springs Mrs. Lindow10:3010:30- Mrs. Bush Mrs. Hagan Mrs. Reed Mrs. McCormick Mrs. Hall10:5510:55- Mrs. Peck Mrs. Pickens Mrs. Clark Mrs. Thompson Ms. Cornwell11:2011:20- Ms. Major Mrs. Settle Mr. Myers Mrs. Camron Mrs. Toler11:4511:45- Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch12:1012:10- Mrs. Spear Ms. Mack Mrs. Crawford Mrs. Warren Mrs. Miller12:35
Defining Flexible Scheduling• Library schedule created by teachers and library media specialist.• Library instruction is directly related to classroom instruction.• Classroom learning and library learning are reinforced.• Instructional collaboration between teachers and media specialist is increased and made easier.
What the research tells usabout Flexible Scheduling…• encourages collaborative planning• encourages team teaching• encourages greater integration of library media program in school curriculum• fosters student transfer of learning of information-seeking skills• recognizes media specialist as a teaching professional
What the research tells us about Flexible Scheduling• Instructional role of library media specialist shapes academic achievement• Instructional role of library media specialist predicts test performance of students• Requires support from administration and from classroom teachers
What the research tells us about Flexible Scheduling• Where principals expected collaboration between teachers and media specialist the library media programs were more integrated into the curriculum• Where media specialist planned with teams of teachers (either by department or grade level) more curriculum integration occurred.
What flexible scheduling provides for you and your students…• Access to library media specialist and resources at point of information need• Partnership in planning and teaching between teacher and library media• Information skills (21st Century skills) taught as part of overall curriculum• Transfer of learning
What are the advantages of a flexible schedule?• Responsive to needs of classes and individual members of the educational community• Responsive to teacher function and to individual student use• Provides access for all members of educational community
What are the advantages of a flexible schedule?• Adapts use of media center to changing needs of classroom instruction• Provides structure and opportunity for class interaction and large group instruction• Allows media center to function as the school resource and information center
Making flexiblescheduling work is everyone’s responsibility
What is the media specialists role?• To develop a program enabling the classroom teacher to meet curriculum goals• To plan and teach with teachers integrating media center/information seeking skills into curriculum• To plan with teachers for follow-up activities
What is the media specialists role?• To assist students in: – identifying and locating materials – selecting proper materials – using, understanding, and applying information – creating, producing, or presenting information – developing an interest in and appreciation of literature
What is the media specialists role?• To plan and implement reading and literature appreciation activities• To perform administrative and technical functions which support services to educational community• To plan and implement with teachers activities supporting classroom curriculum
What is the teachers role? • Provide support for media center program with students, parents, faculty, and community • Plan thematic units, research projects, enrichment activities, literature appreciation activities with media specialist
What is the teachers role?• Ensure that students have a need for the information/services of the library media center• Schedule class to use media center at time of need for research, reading, etc., projects• Provide input to media specialist on additional resources for media center collection
What is the teachers role?• Accompany class to media center when activities include entire class
What is the principals role? • Express commitment to philosophy of "flexible scheduling" • Interpret to faculty and staff the library media programs importance and relation to schools instructional program
What is the principals role?• Monitor use and scheduling of media center to ensure equity of access• Support library media program with students, teachers, parents, and community• Provide time in school schedule for joint planning by teachers and media specialist
What is the principals role?• Make scheduling classes in the media center the responsibility of the teacher and media specialist• Ensure that teacher remain with the class during class time in the media center• Encourage wide use of media center and its resources in support of the curriculum
Some considerations…• What services would you like provided to your students on an on-going basis that are not possible now with a fixed schedule?• Which areas of your curriculum will best integrate information literacy skills (21st Century skills) instruction and literature promotion programs?
YOUR library program must…• Prepare students to independently access, evaluate, and use information• Be a critical instructional area to teach information skills as an integral part of the classroom curriculum• Be fully integrated into the overall instructional program of the school
Suggestions and Recommendations• Begin planning now for 2012-2013 – Include your district library coordinator in planning – Principal or AP should be part of planning team – Talk with other schools who have successfully implemented flexible scheduling
Incorporate the library program into major units of studyNurture students abilities to learn independently byTeaching information skills at the point of needExpand units to include library resourcesGratify immediate need to know in an accessible libraryRely on one anothers special knowledge and skills byArranging frequent planning and sharing sessionsTie the library program to educational goals byEncouraging and promoting higher-level thinking in: Your Library
Martha Alewine State Contact for School Libraries 100 Merrywood Rd. Greenwood, SC 29649 email@example.com 864-229-4230http://scschoollibraries.pbworks.com Edited to present to HES by: Amber Thompson