Presentation on theme: "Flexible Scheduling Improving Student Learning Through Expanded Use of the Library Media Center Library Media Center Mr. Brown's class enters Mrs. Smith's."— Presentation transcript:
1 Flexible SchedulingImproving Student Learning Through Expanded Use of the Library Media CenterLibrary Media CenterMr. Brown's class entersMrs. Smith's class leaves
2 What is your definition of FIXED SCHEDULING FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING Finding Common GroundWhat is your definition ofFIXED SCHEDULINGFLEXIBLE SCHEDULING
3 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 his/her designee.Classes meet weekly with little or no time for additional library work.
4 Defining Fixed Scheduling Little, if any, correlation between library instruction and classroom instructionLittle, if any, instructional collaboration between classroom teachers and media specialist.
6 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.
7 What the research tells us about Flexible Scheduling encourages collaborative planningencourages team teachingencourages greater integration of library media program in school curriculumfosters student transfer of learning of information-seeking skillsrecognizes media specialist as a teaching professional
8 What the research tells us about Flexible Scheduling Instructional role of library media specialist shapes academic achievementInstructional role of library media specialist predicts test performance of studentsRequires support from administration and from classroom teachersStudents whose library media specialists were also instructional partners with the classroom teachers tend to achieve higher average test scores.
9 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 curriculumWhere media specialist planned with teams of teachers (either by department or grade level) more curriculum integration occurred.Students whose library media specialists were also instructional partners with the classroom teachers tend to achieve higher average test scores.
10 What flexible scheduling provides for you and your students Access to library media specialist and resources at point of information needPartnership in planning and teaching between teacher and library mediaInformation skills (21st Century skills) taught as part of overall curriculumTransfer of learning
12 Rigid schedule masquerading as flexible Week of September 18-22, 2006
13 Rigid schedule masquerading as flexible Week of September 25-29, 2006
14 What are the advantages of a flexible schedule? Responsive to needs of classes and individual members of the educational communityResponsive to teacher function and to individual student useProvides access for all members of educational community
15 What are the advantages of a flexible schedule? Adapts use of media center to changing needs of classroom instructionProvides structure and opportunity for class interaction and large group instructionAllows media center to function as the school resource and information center
16 What are the disadvantages? Necessitates establishment of guidelines for independent student useNecessitates establishment of guidelines for scheduling of classesCan be more demanding on media specialist's time than fixed scheduling
17 Making flexible scheduling work is everyone’s responsibility
18 What is the media specialist's role? To develop a program enabling the classroom teacher to meet curriculum goalsTo assist students inidentifying and locating materialsselecting proper materialsusing, understanding, and applying information
19 What is the media specialist's role? creating, producing, or presenting informationdeveloping an interest in and appreciation of literatureTo plan and teach with teachers integrating media center/information seeking skills into curriculumTo plan with teachers for follow-up activities
20 What is the media specialist's role? To plan and implement reading and literature appreciation activitiesTo perform administrative and technical functions which support services to educational communityTo plan and implement with teachers activities supporting classroom curriculum
21 What is the teacher's role? Provide support for media center program with students, parents, faculty, and communityPlan thematic units, research projects, enrichment activities, literature appreciation activities with media specialist
22 What is the teacher's role? Ensure that students have a need for the information/services of the library media centerSchedule class to use media center at time of need for research, reading, etc., projectsProvide input to media specialist on additional resources for media center collection
23 What is the teacher's role? Accompany class to media center when activities include entire class
24 What is the principal's role? Express commitment to philosophy of "flexible scheduling"Interpret to faculty and staff the library media program's importance and relation to school's instructional program
25 What is the principal's role? Monitor use and scheduling of media center to ensure equity of accessSupport library media program with students, teachers, parents, and communityProvide time in school schedule for joint planning by teachers and media specialist
26 What is the principal's role? Make scheduling classes in the media center the responsibility of the teacher and media specialistEnsure that teacher remain with the class during class time in the media centerEncourage wide use of media center and its resources in support of the curriculum
27 What is the role of the district administration? Provide support of media center programs with students, parents, teachers, and communityExpressed commitment to concept of "flexible scheduling"Support collaborative planning by media specialists and classroom teachers
28 What is the role of the district administration? Make scheduling classes in the media center the responsibility of the teacher and media specialistEnsure that teacher remain with the class during class time in the media center
29 I schedule time with the library media specialist to collaboratively plan instructional units. WeeklyMonthlyOnce each 9 weeksNeverI work with the library media specialist to incorporate information literacy/research skills into my curriculum.I work with the library media specialist to incorporate technology skills instruction into my curriculum.I work with the library media specialist to incorporate literacy instruction and reading promotion into my classroom curriculum.I provide the library media specialist with my long-range plans for the school year.YesNoI keep the library media specialist informed about changes to my long-range plans.
30 The library media center is an integral part of the school-wide reading program. 1234The library media center is an integral part of my reading program.The media center program is an integral part of the school’s instructional program.The media center program is an integral part of my instructional program.I participate in staff development sessions, workshops, and/or courses offered through the library media center.I do not feel comfortable balancing curriculum content standards with information literacy (research) and appropriate technology.I use the technology available in the media center as part of my instructional program.I feel comfortable in asking for assistance from the media center staff.My students feel comfortable asking for assistance from the media center staff.I keep abreast of new media center resources, activities, and services through frequent visits to the media center, talking with the media specialist, and reading the media center newsletter.I use the media center on a regular basis.I value the knowledge and assistance I receive from the media specialist.I value and use the professional collection available in the media center.
31 Some considerationsWhat 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?
32 YOUR library program must Prepare students to independently access, evaluate, and use informationBe a critical instructional area to teach information skills as an integral part of the classroom curriculumBe fully integrated into the overall instructional program of the school
34 Suggestions and Recommendations Begin planning now forDecide on total flex or partial flexEstablish collaborative planning times for remainder of toReview curriculumLook for obvious areas of collaboration for planning and instructionReview collectionEstablish plans for updating collection to fully support curriculum
35 Suggestions and Recommendations Begin planning now forInclude your district library coordinator in planningPrincipal or AP should be part of planning teamRequest assistance from SCDETalk with other schools who have successfully implemented flexible scheduling