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I am a Library Media Specialist(no assistant) in a high school and I am having a challenge trying to figure out how to see all the students in one content area so that they can work on projects when their curriculum is scripted, and everyone should be doing the same thing at the same time.
Do you have any suggestions on how to run projects with multiple teachers at the same time?
Hi Michele, can you explain a little more about why you're working in isolation? Feels like these are logistics issues to be worked out collaboratively with your teacher partners, not all by yourself? 😢
Hi Dr. McLeod,
Thank you for your response. As a district we are in the process of writing our own curriculum which includes the ISTE Standards for Students and we are trying to ensure that all students have the same skills by the time they graduate across the district. I am thinking of how we can possible make it work logistically given the challenges. I looking for methods that others use to overcome these challenges.
Hi Michele! Please call me Scott. I'm not very formal! 🙂
Okay, I understand a little better. Thank you. If you're interested, might be better to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start ideating together?
Welcome back! Summer seems far away, doesn't it? As a classroom teacher who has our library specialist work with students on a geography presentation, I would try to reach out to teachers and see what they will have students work on in different disciplines and when. This way, you could say that Spanish 3 Honors needs support for students researching and planning a presentation on geography. Ask the teacher what they would like to have students doing. I always send the assignment guidelines to the library teachers and they plan a presentation on research guidelines including identifying legitimate sources and also citations. I am always so grateful--I bring my two classes and I also schedule the classes for any other teacher. If there are other classes that have multiple sections and are doing the same activities at the same time, it might make sense. And go easy on yourself--it is very hard to try and plan for many different lessons at the same time. How can you connect with the classroom teachers and plan with them? Maybe I have misinterpreted your need and request, but at least in my school, I seek out our Library Specialist and all classes at the same level come to get the same lessons from you all. I love the collaboration and I learn so much but I would say that I am one of the teachers that reaches out to our library specialists for help. Many of my colleagues either don't think to do it or don't know that it is available or just don't talk to our librarians about what is possible. This way, too, maybe you might feel a little more control over what. you can cover and what you can't because it sounds a bit like you are overwhelmed with the amount of information possible and how to get it out there!
1) connect with the teachers about scheduling and activities planned
2) determine the needs of the project and then the students so they can complete it
3) offer enough time to provide the instruction that they need
4) check in to follow up a few days later or next day if they come back to the library to work
I hope this might be helpful.
Thank you Denise. I appreciate your feedback. I will look into your suggestions.