Thursday, November 3, 2011

Inquiry, the Library, and Common Core Standards

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats

  • Inquiry, the library, and Common Core Standards
    As most of us know, the National Common Core Learning Standards were revised last July in NY to emphasize inquiry. Inquiry-based learning has long been at the heart of the American Association of School Librarian's Standards. As we are asked to have a shared responsibility for the literacy development of our students, working together should be a natural step in integrating inquiry and research based skills. By reviewing the new state APPRs, we can take note of the collaboration and integration that is expected from each of us.

    For years, librarians have been considered by school districts to be experts in instruction design and curriculum development, embedding the use of technology, inquiry, and research skills into all areas of the curriculum. As we review the new standards, we can see that these skills are essential for our students as we make them college and career ready. I have provided the links below to help you navigate the world of Common Core. In addition, I hope that we can work together more closely in helping our students develop strategies for navigating information-rich text

EngageNY - Information on Common Core
Common Core "Shifts" - pdf
Mary Ratzer's Standards Based Vision

State approved Teacher Rubrics (APPR)

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
(National standards for the Library Media Specialist)

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