The Central Role of School Librarians in Implementing the Common Core State Standards

WHEN I taught as a school librarian, teachers and administrators had a couple big misperceptions about what I was up to in the library. The first big misperception was that I was “only” motivating students to read for fun and giving students the opportunity to borrow books.* To counter this misperception, I constantly tried to share that I was up to three things in the … Continue reading The Central Role of School Librarians in Implementing the Common Core State Standards

Research Skills Instruction & Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever

FALLACIES I have heard… “Research skills are outdated.” “Reference collections are outdated.” “Libraries are outdated.” To the contrary, the proliferation of misinformation is evidence that research skills are needed today more than ever. research skills — the ability to ask and answer questions independently. It is important for librarians, teachers and administrators to understand that the research skills students need today are much different than … Continue reading Research Skills Instruction & Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever