I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher…"
"Thanks for the clarification, Mary. This is true about Colorado and pre-service teacher's programs. So our pre-service teacher's get a little bug planted in their ear about the possible potential of collaborative partnerships with…"
"One thing that jumped right out at me was that I liked the inquiry approach as compared to "coverage".
One thing I would like to see is definition of teacher roles- they label teacher as model and coach, but no mention of teacher as…"
"Exactly, Ernie. The librarian is in such a traditional role it is frightening. Books, not the multitude of resources available? The other thing I noticed was that the information skills are another thing that the teacher has to teach. Librarians…"
"That is my perspective. I see heaps of value in circles, just question the over teaching of comprehension strategies, when learning can be layered as in natural environments.
The circles offer an opportunity to hone in on certain behaviors or…"
"With this I would suggest looking at Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and comparing how I lay out inquiry circles within the inquiry process and...(see reason why I joined this wiki convo for more) might be a way into the conversation…"
"Hi ALL! I am so happy that Beth created this group. It speaks very closely to some of the work that I have been doing and thinking about for the past 5 years.
In our book Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century(Kuhlthau, Maniotes, Caspari…"
We will "headquarter" our discussion of "Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles In Action" (Harvey & Daniels, 2009) from here. Feel free to link, create, innovate all kinds of other things - but link it all back here!See More
I am an education consultant with Denver Public Schools. I am currently working with tech teachers and librarians in professional learning communities and staff development workshops on 21st century learning and information literacy. I am a co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st century with Carol Kuhlthau & Ann Caspari. I also hold a PhD in literacy and have 14 years of teaching experience.
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I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!