Presentation on theme: "Being a Media Specialist in a Literacy Lab World"— Presentation transcript:
1 Being a Media Specialist in a Literacy Lab World Susan KellerTracy McAllisterWelcome to our workshop!
2 How Literacy Lab Started National Assessment of Educational ProgressK-4 ReadingGood job teaching children to read5-8 ReadingAmount of independent reading fell dramatically“Nothing Good To Read”The National Assesment of Educational Progress revealed that K-4 we were doing a great job of teaching children how to read.However, this same assesment showed a dramatic drop off in independent reading during the adolescent years. Although children could read, they were choosing not to. I'm sure many of you have heard this statement from your middle schoolers, "There is nothing good to read".
3 Adolescent Readers Need… Access to large amounts of rich textSchool LibrariesClassroom LibrariesStudents with access to classroom libraries read 50% more than students without accessAfter this report was published, research into mid level reading proved these key points.Adolescent readers need access to large amounts of rich te xt.Of course we know traditionally this need was met through the school library. However, classroom libraries were beginning to be implemented and researched. The research here indicates that students with access to classroom libraries read 50% more than students without access.
4 Adolescent Readers Need… Large blocks ofun-interrupted reading timeStudents who read 30 minutes per day score significantly higher on standardized testingAdolescents also need large b locks of uninterrupted reading time. Students who read 30 minutes per day score significantly higher on standardized t esting.
5 Adolescent Readers Need… EmpoweredAdolescents want to be in control of their choicesFree choice of self- selected textEducated ChoiceAuthorsTitlesGenreSeriesCritical ReadersIs this a good book?What makes this book good or bad?Students in the middle grades want to be in control. They want to feel empowered and in control of their decisions. By giving them free choice in their reading material they are more likely to read. You and I know given the chance to read a book of your choice, or reading an assigned book which one we would choose.However, students need to be educated to make wise desicions. So we teach them about authors, titles, genre, and books in a series. Lastly, adolescent readers need to be critical . THey need to be able to decide if a book is good or not .
6 Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project In 2001, the Arkansas Department of Education created an intensive program of teacher staff development to address mid-level literacy in the state of Arkansas.3 Year ProgramYear 1 - ReadingYear 2 – WritingYear 3 – Lab SchoolIn 2001, the Arkansas Department of education created an intensive program of teacher in service to address Mid Level Literacy in the state of Arkansas. The Smart Step Literacy Lab classroom Project is a three year program with year being dedicated to reading, year two to writing and then by the third year, teachers in the program are expected to let other teachers visit their classrooms to observe the reading and writing workshop.
7 Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project Widely researched program based on Best Teaching PracticesHarding UniversityKen StamatisProfessor at Harding UniversitySince 2001, almost 1500 teachers have participated in the trainingThe Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project is a widely researched program of Best Teaching Practices that incorporates a reading and writing workshop approach to literacy. The training is held at Harding University with Mr. K en Stamatis as the program facilitator. Thus far, the number of teachers who have gone through the training stands at and counting.
8 Greenbrier Middle School GMS became part of the “Alpha” groupSupportDialogueChangesTeam spiritStudent benefitBest practicesUntil this year, we worked together in the Greenbrier Middle School. Susan was the Media Specialist and I was a literacy teacher. Greenbrier was very lucky and became one of the first schools to be admitted into the program. We worked together as a team that supported each other. The program caused us to have more dialogue probably than before about how we could work together. Of course there were changes to be made but we kept up our team spirit an dsaw the benefits for the students and found a way to implement these Best Practices. ( This is where I would like for you to really jump in and talk about your feelings when the program started. BE HONEST!! I know there were aprehensions maybe but talk about them. They need to hear that maybe they weren’t alone.)
9 “I was country, when country wasn’t cool”… Media Specialists blazed the pathDr. Jodi CharterFeel free to sing a long at any time! I firmly believe that Media Specialists have blazed this path that we see the reading teachers walking. I can remember calling Dr. Charter and telling her about what was going on and how it was “Just like a lot of the things” she had taught us to do in librarianship.
10 Be Proactive, Not Reactive YOU are a valuable and knowledgeable member of the Literacy TeamAsk when the Literacy Teachers are meetingListen to their needsSupport their curriculum through the libraryShowcase author’s booksFeature specified genreBooktalks, Booktalks, Booktalks!!I know for some of you, you may have come today with mixed feelings about this program. So I hope you will leave today more informed so that we can all be more proactive and less reactive. Please know, You are a valuable and knowledgeable member of your school’s literacy team. Go ahead and ask when they are having team meetings and be there. Listen to their needs. They are plentiful I assure you! Ask them about their curriculum. If you know which author’s they are studying then showcase them in your library with book jackets, a bulletin board, or display table. If they are discussing a specific genre, then show the kids where those books can be found in the library. Something as simple as a folded sheet of paper over a book that says ‘Science Fiction” would be helpful. And as you know, book talks book talks book talks! It amazes me how a student will take a book just because you recommend it. Remember, they don’t think there is anything good to read, so we show them.
11 Share Your Expertise Purchasing catalogs Book inventory Circulation systemOrganizationBook repairWeedingMaintaining a manageable classroom collectionQuality over quantity…bigger isn’t better!Purchasing catalogsListening centersBooks on tapeHigh Interest/Low LevelPaperbacksThe literacy teachers need our expertise in organizing those libraries. If you have been to some of them lately you know what I’m talking about. No rhyme or reason. They are looking for ways to circulate the books and make sure they are returned. They need help on how to repair books, weeding their inventory to assure quality. They need to know that it is ok to weed the ones that are not circulating. Help them understand that quality if better than quantity. Bigger isn’t always better.
12 Let the Library be Reading Central Create an inviting reading atmosphereThrow rugs and small pillowsColorful fun tri-folds on tablesAuthorsGenreTitlesMobiles Please look through your packet for sample lesson ideas.Let the library be reading central. Take a good look at your library. Does it evoke a friendly place where books and kids are wanted? Does it say to a student, “the Library is the best place to find a great read”? If not, then here are a few ideas. Create an inviting reading atmosphere. Brightly colored throw rugs and small pillows in a special reading area is a quick fix. Don’t have room for that? Then how about making stand up trifolds that advertise books, author, and genre are an idea. Get your kids to make them! Mobiles also lend an air of fun. Hang author’s pictures from the ceiling. You can find these in the scholastic book orders, usually in the front cover.
13 Funding Classroom Libraries It is not now, nor has it ever been, the intent of the Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project to replace or do away with the school library. According to literacy lab philosophy, the library media center is the hub of the school.Classroom libraries are intended to compliment, not compete with media centers.School Districts should never funnel library funding into the classroom libraries.I cannot think of any other way to say what’s up here than to just say it… Susan has created a list of ways to fund the classroom libraries in your packet.
14 Funding Classroom Libraries Mentoring new literacy lab teachers in finding funding for classroom libraries is a great way to create collaboration:Scholastic Book ClubsBonus PointsLook for the big bonus point months22X’sAdopt-A- BookRead-A-ThonCorporate sponsorsBe creativeIf your principal starts to nibble on yours then help him see that the libraries don’t compete, but compliment. Help him see the other avenues of revenue so as not to take yours.
15 Library Gold by Jason Whitaker A name destined for the record books.He’s the fastest twelve year old in the stateAnd some say he’s headed for Olympic gold,But last week he stood in my libraryAnd told me he hated to read.“Books are for girls,” he said, half-serious,And headed for the track.
16 So this morning, in the hallway, I witnessed a small miracleWhen Jason,His head buried in a book,Walked directly into a wall.
17 I couldn’t restrain a laugh, And hearing mehe proffered the book by way of explanation,“It’s the one you gave me last week,” he stammered.
18 “I see that,” I answered,And unable to resist I added,“That one must be for boys.”If someday Jason wins the goldI’ll cheer him proud and tall,But I’ll cherish the memory of a boy with a bookWho walked into a wall.