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  • The entire year’s out-of school reading for the child at the 10th percentile amounts to just two days reading for the child at the 90th percentile (Cunningham and Stanovich, American Educator , Spring/Summer 1998).
  • Provide content in a variety of formats: audio, video, print, electronic Redesign lessons to take advantage of outside resources. Sometimes students cannot read and understand content because it’s written above their reading level. Sometimes all students can read something different (often with a choice) and still achieve the objective. Use library web pages as a resource: content area links and online databases Use an lcd projector to display images, audio, etc. to introduce, clarify, enrich content. Make friends with the library media teacher.
  • Reading online Search strategies Evaluating resources Citing sources Taking notes from electronic sources Learning to use academic sources for research
  • A freshly published document. Mock ups from CDE Press to play with color. Rigorous editing process. A “prepublication draft “ is posted on the CDE School Library Webpage. It does not show recent edits. If all goes as planned, the current prepub version should be posted next week.
  • Under each concept is a sentence that gives more detail on what is meant. For example, to access information students will apply their knowledge of libraries, print materials, digital media and other sources. Then the detailed standards are listed--on concept 1… Recognizing the need for information. Formulating appropriate questions. Identifying and locating a variety of resources, and Retrieving information in a timely, safe and responsible manner. These are not stand‑alone standards taught in isolation but are meant to be taught collaboratively by the classroom teacher and the teacher librarian within the context of the curriculum.
  • The second overarching concept is evaluating information to determine the appropriateness of the information in addressing the scope of the inquiry. Relevance of information means that the information addresses the need. Students must also learn determine if the information is comprehensive, current, credible and accurate. Is there authority behind the information? Is from a source you can trust? Is more information needed?
  • Students need to learn to organize, synthesize, create and communicate the information they find. And they need to to do this in ethical, legal and safe ways. Students use the information they retrieve to draw conclusions and make informed decisions. Then students learn to use this information creatively and for a purpose.
  • Information literacy is not just something students learn in school, they are expected to integrate these skills into all areas of learning to become life-long learners.
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    • 1. Teaching and Learning in an Information-Rich Environment Doug Achterman Teacher Librarian San Benito High School
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    • 3. Overview
      • Student Demographics
      • Role of the teacher in an information-rich environment
      • Skills students need in an info rich environment
      • Library Standards
      • Quick tour of resources
    • 4. Student Demographics
      • 2010 STAR ELA scores:
      • Roughly, score ≥ proficient = reading at or above grade level.
    • 5.  
    • 6. Grade 10 ELA Scores 2010
    • 7. Grade 11 ELA Scores 2010
    • 8. Wow! Amount students read outside of school Students at 30 th percentile :
    • 9. 10 th percentile vs. 90 th percentile readers 10 th percentile: Entire Year’s Outside Reading 90 th percentile: TWO DAYS Outside Reading
    • 10. Student Demographics
      • # of elementary schools in San Benito County with teacher librarians: 0
      • # of middle schools in San Benito County with teacher librarians: 0
    • 11. Role of the teacher in an information-rich environment
      • How does your role as teacher change in an information-rich environment?
      • What are some strategies to best take advantage of those information resources?
    • 12. Student Skills
      • What skills do students need to develop in order to best take advantage of an information-rich environment?
      • In what class should students be taught these skills?
      • n e s c a
    • 13.  
    • 14. School Library Standards
      • 1. Students Access Information The student will access information by applying their knowledge of the organization of libraries, print materials, digital media, and other sources.
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      • 2. Students Evaluate Information The student will evaluate and analyze information to determine appropriateness in addressing the scope of inquiry.
    • 16.
      • 3. Students Use Information The student will organize, synthesize, create and communicate information.
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      • 4. Students Integrate Information Literacy Skills into All Areas of Learning The student will independently pursue information to become a life-long learner.
    • 18. Ways to Collaborate
      • Plan and teach unit together
        • Divide workload
        • Co-teach content, reading, research skills
        • Evaluate lesson and final products together
      • Create web page to guide students toward selected resources
      • Provide book cart of resources for use in your classroom on a selected unit
    • 19. Tour of resources
      • Library: 27,000 titles, any of which can be checked out to teachers for classroom use for extended periods of time
      • TV’s, digital cameras, video equipment,DVD players, LCD projectors, etc. available for checkout
      • Links from library homepage
      • E-books and online databases
    • 20. Final Thoughts
      • You have access to tons of resources that can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
      • You have to teach students how to use those resources responsibly and effectively.
      • The teacher librarian is here to plan units with you, teach with you, and provide resources for you.