Friday, December 9, 2011

ONC BOCES School Library System Where Collaboration and Success Meet

The focus of Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES School Library System for 2011-2012 is the Common Core and the Inquiry Process. Teacher-librarians and teacher teams have been attending workshops with presenter Mary Ratzer to increase their knowledge and meet the new challenges facing educators.

Growing Into Inquiry
Teacher-librarian partners have collaboratively review the inquiry process, explore the dynamics of guided inquiry, and reconsider the role of the learner in questioning, constructing, and creating new understandings.  Starting with content curriculum, existing resource based units, and collaborative practice, teachers and school library media specialists  have transformed traditional information problem solving plans to incorporate the 21st Century Skills of inquiry  learning. New learning has helped participants to GROW INTO INQUIRY and reap the rewards of motivated, engaged, thinking learners!

Inquiry Meets the Common Core:
Teachers and Librarians Taking the Next Step

This workshop actively coalesced the redefined expectations for teaching and learning in New York's Common Core Standards, as well as applied those expectations meaningfully to an actual unit plan ready for implementation. Librarians and teachers explored the Common Core State Standards hands on, and derived a vision for collaborative unit plan design in ELA, Social Studies, or Science. We documented the relevant and consistent standards that inform teacher/librarian instructional planning and practice. Worked to frame essential new directions for information fluency, literacy, inquiry and content mastery. With practical guidance and individual coaching, the teams designed a learning experience that empowers the learner to succeed in information to knowledge journey.  Their lesson plans were infused with a collaborative plan that embodied rigor, relevance, the production of writing, sharing and collaborating, technology, quality information resources, authentic questions, and synthesis.

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